Psalm 18

  1. A Prayer. Pertaining to Dauid.
    Hearken, O Lord, to my righteousness; attend to my petition;
    give ear to my prayer on lips not deceitful.
  2. From before your countenance may my judgment come forth;
    let my eyes see straightforwardness.
  3. You tested my heart; you visited by night;
    in fire you tested me, and no injustice was found in me.
  4. That my mouth might not speak of the deeds of  people,
    on account of the words from your lips, I kept to harsh ways.
  5. Restore my steps in your paths,
    lest my steps be shaken.
  6. I, I cried out, because you hearkened to me, O God;
    incline your ear to me, and hear my words.
  7. Wondrously show your mercies,
    you saving those hoping in you
    from those that withstand your right hand.
  8. Guard me as the eye’s pupil;
    in the shelter of your wings you will shelter me
  9. from the countenance of the impious that distress me.
    My enemies beset my soul;
  10. their fat they shut up;
    their mouth spoke arrogance.
  11. Casting me out, they then encircled me;
    their eyes they set to incline at the ground.
  12. They seized me like a lion ready for prey
    and like a whelp living in hiding.
  13. Arise, O Lord; anticipate them, and overthrow them;
    save my soul from the impious,
    your sword from the enemies of your hand.
  14. O Lord, from few things from earth
    separate them in their lives.
    And with your hidden things their belly was filled;
    they were fed with sons,
    and they left the remnants to their infants.
  15. But as for me, in righteousness I will appear to your countenance ;
    I will be fed when your glory appears.