1 Prayer of David. Hear justice, O Jehovah, attend to my outcry, give ear to my prayer, not in lips of deceit. 2 From thy face shall my judgment go forth; thine eyes will see uprightnesses. 3 Thou didst try my heart; thou didst review the night; thou didst refine me, thou wilt find nothing: I purposed, my mouth shall not pass by. 4 For the works of men, by the word of thy lips I watched the ways of the violent one. 5 Hold up my being straight in thy ways, my steps be not moved
6 I called thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God: incline thine ear to me, hear my sayings. 7 Make thy kindnesses distinguished, thou saving those putting their trust, from those rising up against thy right hand. 8 Watch me as the pupil of the daughter of the eye: thou wilt hide me in the shadow of thy wings. 9 From the face of the unjust that laid me waste, enemies against the soul will go round about against me.
10 They shut up their fat: their mouth spake in pride. 11 We went straight, now they surrounded us: their eyes they will set to incline to the earth; 12 His likeness as a lion will long for the prey, and as a young lion dwelling in secret places.
13 Arise, O Jehovah, anticipate his face, cast him down: deliver my soul from the unjust, thy sword. 14 From men of thy hand, O Jehovah, from men of this world their portion in life, and thou wilt fill their belly with thy hidden things: they will be filled with sons, they left the remaining things to their children.