A Prayer of David.
1 HEarkin, o Lord, unto the right,
attend unto my cry,
give ear unto my pray’r, that goes
from lips that do not lie.
2 From thy face let my judgment come:
thine eyes the right let see.
3 Thou prov’st mine heart, thou visitest
by night, and triest me.
yet nothing find’st, I have resolv’d
my mouth shall not offend.
4 From men’s works: by word of thy lips
I spoilers paths attend.
5 Stay my feet in thy paths, lest my
6 steps slip. I call’d on thee,
for thou wilt hear, God, hear my speech,
incline thine ear to me.
7 O thou that sav’st by thy right hand,
thy marvelous mercies,
shew unto them that trust in thee,
from such as ‘gainst them rise.
8 As apple of thine eye me keep.
In thy wings shade me hide.
9 From wicked who me wast: my foes
in heart are on each side.
10 Clos’d in their fat they are: and they
speak with their mouth proudly.
11 They round us in our steps: they set
on earth their bow’d down eye.
12 His likeness as a lion is,
that greedy is to tear,
in secret places lurking as
he a young lion were.
13 Him, in his sight, rise, disappoint
make him bow down o Lord,
do thou my soul deliver from
the wicked one, thy sword,
14 From mortal men thine hand, o Lord
from men that mortal are,
and of this passing-world, who have
within this life their share,
with thy hid treasure furthermore
whose belly thou fillest:
their sons are fill’d, and to their babes
of wealth they leave the rest.
15 In righteousness, thy favour I
shall very clearly see,
and waking with thine image, I
shall satisfied be.