Mission of St. Clare logo Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine

Hear the right, O Lord;
consider my complaint, and hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Let my sentence come forth from thy presence;
and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.

Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night-season;
thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me, for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.

Because of men's works that are done against the words of thy lips, I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.

O hold thou up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me;
incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.

Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee, from such as resist thy right hand.

Keep me as the apple of an eye;
hide me under the shadow of thy wings, from the ungodly, that trouble me.

Mine enemies compass me round about, to take away my soul.

They are inclosed in their own fat, and their mouth speaketh proud things.

They lie waiting in our way on every side, watching to cast us down to the ground, like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a lion's whelp, lurking in secret places.

Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down;
deliver my soul with thy sword from the ungodly from the men of thy hand, O Lord, from the men, I say, and from the evil world, which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.

They have children at their desire, and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.

But as for me, I shall behold thy presence in righteousness;
and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.