Psalm 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.

Hear a just cause, O Lord; g attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
2 From your presence h let my vindication come!
Let your eyes behold the right!

3 You have i tried my heart, you have j visited me by k night,
you have l tested me, and you will find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4 With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have m held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.

6 I n call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
o incline your ear to me; hear my words.
7 p Wondrously show 1 your steadfast love,
O Savior of those who seek refuge
from q their adversaries at your right hand.

8 Keep me as r the apple of your eye;
hide me in s the shadow of your wings,
9 from the wicked who do me violence,
my deadly enemies who t surround me.

10 u They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they v speak arrogantly.
11 They have now surrounded our w steps;
they set their eyes to x cast us to the ground.
12 He is like a lion eager to tear,
as a young lion y lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O Lord,
from z men of the world whose a portion is in this life. 2
You fill their womb with treasure; 3
they are satisfied with b children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.

15 As for me, I shall c behold your face in righteousness;
when I d awake, I shall be e satisfied with your likeness.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 86:1
    Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
    Psalms 142:1
    With my voice I cry out to the Lord ; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 142:6
    Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me!
    Psalms 61:1
    Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer.
    Jeremiah 7:16
    As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 26:1
    Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
  4. Cross References
    Job 23:10
    But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
  5. Cross References
    Job 31:14
    What then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 16:7
    I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    Job 33:15
    In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds.
  7. Cross References
    Judges 7:4
    And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' shall not go.
    Zechariah 13:9
    And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'
    1 Peter 1:7
    So that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    Psalms 139:1
    O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
    Malachi 3:2 - 3
    But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
  8. Cross References
    Job 23:11
    My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
    Psalms 44:18
    Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 86:6 - 7
    Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
    Psalms 116:1 - 2
    I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 31:2
    Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 31:21
    Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 44:5
    Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
    Psalms 59:1
    Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.
    Psalms 139:21
    Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:10
    He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
    Zechariah 2:8
    For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 36:7
    How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The...
    Psalms 57:1
    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, fo...
    Psalms 63:7
    For you have been my help, and in the shadow of...
    Psalms 91:4
    He will cover you with his pinions, and under h...
    Matthew 23:37
    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the...
    Luke 13:34
    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the...
    Ruth 2:12
    The Lord repay you for what you have done, and ...
  15. Cross References
    1 Samuel 23:26
    Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 119:70
    Their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 31:18
    Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
    1 Samuel 2:3
    Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 89:51
    With which your enemies mock, O Lord, with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 62:4
    They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 10:8 - 9
    He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 10:18
    To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
    Luke 16:8
    The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
    Luke 20:34
    And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.
  22. Cross References
    Matthew 6:2
    Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    Matthew 6:5
    And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    Matthew 6:16
    And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    Luke 16:25
    But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
  23. Cross References
    Job 21:11
    They send out their little boys like a flock, and their children dance.
  24. Cross References
    Job 33:26
    Then man prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his righteousness.
    1 John 3:2
    Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
    Psalms 11:7
    For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 26:19
    Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.
    Daniel 12:2
    And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 16:11
    You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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