A Prayer of David.
Hear, O Jehovah, righteousness, attend my cry, Give ear to
my prayer, without lips of deceit.
From before thee my judgment doth go out; Thine eyes do see
Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast inspected by night,
Thou hast tried me, Thou findest nothing; My thoughts pass not over my mouth.
As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have
observed The paths of a destroyer;
To uphold my goings in Thy paths, My steps have not slidden.
I -- I called Thee, for Thou dost answer me, O God, incline
Thine ear to me, hear my speech.
Separate wonderfully Thy kindness, O Saviour of the
confiding, By Thy right hand, from withstanders.
Keep me as the apple, the daughter of the eye; In shadow of
Thy wings thou dost hide me.
From the face of the wicked who spoiled me. Mine enemies in
soul go round against me.
Their fat they have closed up, Their mouths have spoken with
'Our steps now have compassed him;' Their eyes they
set to turn aside in the land.
His likeness as a lion desirous to tear, As a young lion
dwelling in secret places.
Arise, O Jehovah, go before his face, Cause him to bend.
Deliver my soul from the wicked, Thy sword,
From men, Thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of the world, their
portion is in life, And with Thy hidden things Thou fillest their
belly, They are satisfied with sons; And have left their abundance to
I -- in righteousness, I see Thy face; I am satisfied, in
awaking, with Thy form!