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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalm 17:1-15

(A prayer of David’s.) 17**  Hear a just cause, Jehovah, listen to my appeal, give ear to my prayer not made with cheating lips. 2  From before you let judgment issue on my behalf; let your eyes take cognizance of equity. 3*  You have tested me, examined me at night, assayed me; you will not find viciousness of mine; My mouth shall not pass over 4*  for deeds of man. By the words of your lips I have kept from ruffian’s paths. 5*  Steady my steps in your roads; let me not lose my footing. 6  I call to you, because you will answer me, God: bend your ear to me, hear my say. 7*  Do acts of special friendship, you who by your right hand save from adversaries men who take refuge in you. 8  Guard me like the apple of your eye, screening me in the shadow of your wings, 9  From criminals who have assaulted me, my enemies who greedily surround me. 10*  Their heart is tallow, their chest is blubber; they talk with a swagger. 11**  They eye us, they surround us now, they fix their eyes on the country. 12*  What he is like is a lion eager to make a kill, a two-year-old lion sitting in a covert. 13  Up, Jehovah, meet him face to face; put him down; preserve my life, 14*  Your sword preserve it from a ruffian, your hand from men, Jehovah, from men whose part in life is earthly, Whose stomach you fill with your stores; they have all the sons they want, lay down their surplus for their youngsters. 15*  As for me, by integrity I shall gaze on your face; at waking I shall look at your form as much as I please.