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Psalms 17

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 1 Hear my righteous cause, O LORD; listen to my cry! Give ear to my prayer, that does not come from deceitful lips.

 2 Let my vindication come from you. Let your eyes behold the things that are upright.

 3 You have proven my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have tried me and found nothing; I am resolved 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 My steps have held to your paths, my feet have not slipped.

 6 I have called upon you, for you will hear me, O God; incline your ear to me and hear my speech.

 7 Show your marvelous loving kindness, O you, who saves by your right hand those who put their trust in you from those who rise up against them.

 8 Keep me as the apple [pupil] of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings,

 9  From the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.

 10 They have shut up their unfeeling hearts; they speak proudly with their mouths.

 11 They have tracked us down and surround us in our steps; they have set their eyes to throw us down to the ground,

 12 Like a lion that is greedy for his prey, and like a young lion lurking in secret places.1

 13 Arise, O LORD, confront him, cast him down; deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,

 14 By your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Whose bellies are filled with your hidden treasure; their children are satisfied, and they leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

 15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awaken by seeing your likeness.2


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1 My deadly enemies who surround me. They speak proudly with their mouths. They have tracked us down and surround us in our steps; they have set their eyes to throw us down to the ground. Like a lion that is greedy for his prey, and like a young lion lurking in secret places. David was King; human enemies could not have tracked him down and surrounded him in his steps. Like a lion lurking in secret places: As Peter said, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Pet 5:8. David is besieged by his spiritual enemies, whom God uses to chasten and scourge a man before he accepts him as a son, Heb 12:6.

2 I will behold your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awaken by seeing your likeness. David is speaking of seeing the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, when he awakens. David lived before the age of the Kingdom's availability to men. So, he was not translated into the Kingdom; but he was enlightened, he saw God, he was in close communication with God's promptings and directions, and he saw what the Kingdom would be like in the future for the saints on the earth. See the many scriptures, most from David, that speak of beholding the face of God.

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