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  • Psalm 17
  • Exaudi, Domine


1 Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD;

give heed to my cry; *

listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *

let your eyes be fixed on justice.

3 Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *

melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.

4 I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *

I have heeded the words of your lips.

5 My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *

in your paths my feet shall not stumble.

6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *

incline your ear to me and hear my words.

7 Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *

O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand

from those who rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; *

hide me under the shadow of your wings,

9 From the wicked who assault me, *

from my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They have closed their heart to pity, *

and their mouth speaks proud things.

11 They press me hard,

now they surround me, *

watching how they may cast me to the ground,

12 Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *

and like a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *

deliver me from the wicked by your sword.

14 Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *

from those whose portion in life is this world;

15 Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *

who are well supplied with children

and leave their wealth to their little ones.

16 But at my vindication I shall see your face; *

when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

green leaf at end of canticle

  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas