1 [A prayer of David.] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goes not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold the things that are right. 3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have tested me, and shall find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer. 5 Hold up my steps in your paths, that my feet slip not.
6 I have called upon you, for you will hear me, O God: incline your ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7 Show your marvelous lovingkindness, O you that save by your right hand them who put their trust in you from those that rise up against them. 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings, 9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who surround me.
10 They are enclosed in their own fat hearts: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now surrounded us in our steps: they have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth; 12 Like as a lion that is greedy of its prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, O LORD, confront him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, by your sword: 14 From men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, who have their portion in this life, and whose belly you fill with your hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.