1 Hear what is right, O Lord; consider my complaint;*
hearken to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2 Let justice for me come forth from your presence,*
and let your eyes look upon that which is right.
3 You have tested and visited my heart in the night season.*
If you try me you shall find no wickedness in me; my mouth shall not offend.
4 As for the works of others,*
because of the words of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
5 Hold my steps firmly in your paths,*
that my footsteps may not slip.
6 I have called upon you, O God, for you will hear me;*
incline your ear to me and hearken to my words.
7 Show your marvelous loving-kindness, you that are the Savior of those who put their trust in you*
from the ones who resist your right hand.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;*
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
9 From the ungodly who assault me,*
even from my enemies who encompass me to take away my soul.
10 They have closed their heart to pity,*
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11 They lie waiting in my way on every side,*
watching how they may cast me down to the ground,
12 Like a lion that is greedy for its prey,*
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Rise up, O Lord, confront them and cast them down;*
deliver my soul from the ungodly by your sword and by your hand,
14 From those, O Lord, from those whose portion in life is of the world,*
whose bellies you fill with your hidden treasure.
15 They have children at their desire,*
and leave the rest of their abundance for their little ones.
16 But as for me, I will behold your presence in righteousness;*
and when I awake and see your likeness, I shall be satisfied.
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