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The Book of Psalms

Psalm 16

Exaudi, Domine, justitiam.

A just man's prayer in tribulation against the malice of his enemy.


1
The prayer of David. Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which proceedeth not from deceitful lips.

2
Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: let thy eyes behold the things that are equitable.

3
Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.

4
That my mouth may not speak the works of men: for the sake of the words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.

5
Perfect thou my goings in thy paths: that my footsteps be not moved.

6
I have cried to thee, for thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline thy ear unto me, and hear my words.

7
Shew forth thy wonderful mercies; thou who savest them that trust in thee.

8
From them that resist thy right hand keep me, as the apple of thy eye. Protect me under the shadow of thy wings.

9
From the face of the wicked who have afflicted me. My enemies have surrounded my soul:

10
They have shut up their fat: their mouth hath spoken proudly.

11
They have cast me forth, and now they have surrounded me: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth.

12
They have taken me, as a lion prepared for the prey; and as a young lion dwelling in secret places.

13
Arise, O Lord, disappoint him and supplant him; deliver my soul from the wicked one; thy sword

14
From the enemies of thy hand. O Lord, divide them from the few of the earth in their life: their belly is filled from thy hidden stores. They are full of children: and they have left to their little ones the rest of their substance.

15
But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: I shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.

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