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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 17

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Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors

1A prayer of David.

I

Hear, LORD, my plea for justice; pay heed to my cry; Listen to my prayer spoken without guile. 2From you let my vindication come; your eyes see what is right. 3You have tested my heart, searched it in the night. t Pss 26, 2; 139, 23 . You have tried me by fire, but find no malice in me. My mouth has not transgressed 4as humans often do. As your lips have instructed me, I have kept the way of the law. 5My steps have kept to your paths; my feet have not faltered. u Ps 18, 36; Jb 23, 11–12 .

II

6I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my prayer. 7Show your wonderful love, you who deliver with your right arm those who seek refuge from their foes. 8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings* 9from the violence of the wicked. v Pss 36, 8; 57, 2; 61, 5; 63, 8; 91, 4; Dt 32, 10; Ru 2, 12; Zec 2, 12; Mt 23, 37 .

III

My ravenous enemies press upon me; w 9b–12: Pss 10, 9; 22, 14. 22; 35, 17; 58, 7; Jb 4, 10–11 . 10they close their hearts,* they fill their mouths with proud roaring. 11Their steps even now encircle me; they watch closely, keeping low to the ground, 12Like lions eager for prey, like young lions lurking in ambush. 13Rise, O LORD, confront and cast them down; rescue me so from the wicked. 14Slay them with your sword; with your hand, LORD, slay them; snatch them from the world in their prime. Their bellies are being filled with your friends; their children are satisfied too, for they share what is left with their young. 15I am just—let me see your face; when I awake,* let me be filled with your presence. x Pss 4, 7; 31, 17; 67, 2; 80, 4; Nm 6, 25; Dn 9, 17 .

Notes:

t: Pss 26, 2; 139, 23 .

u: Ps 18, 36; Jb 23, 11–12 .

v: Pss 36, 8; 57, 2; 61, 5; 63, 8; 91, 4; Dt 32, 10; Ru 2, 12; Zec 2, 12; Mt 23, 37 .

w: 9b–12: Pss 10, 9; 22, 14. 22; 35, 17; 58, 7; Jb 4, 10–11 .

x: Pss 4, 7; 31, 17; 67, 2; 80, 4; Nm 6, 25; Dn 9, 17 .

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