The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
psa 17:1"A Prayer of David." Hear (a) the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.
(a) My righteous cause.
psa 17:2Let my (b) sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
(b) The vengeance that you will show against my enemies.
psa 17:3Thou hast (c) proved mine heart; thou hast visited [me] in the night; thou hast tried me, [and] shalt find nothing; I am purposed [that] my (d) mouth shall not transgress.
(c) When your Spirit examined my conscience.
(d) I was innocent toward my enemy both in deed and thought.
psa 17:4Concerning the works of men, by the (e) word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.
(e) Though the wicked provoked me to do evil for evil, yet your word kept me back.
psa 17:6I have called upon thee, (f) for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, [and hear] my speech.
(f) He was assured that God would not refuse his request.
psa 17:7Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust [in thee] from those that (g) rise up [against them].
(g) For all rebel against you, who trouble your Church.
psa 17:9From the wicked that oppress me, [from] my deadly enemies, [who] compass (h) me about.
(h) For their cruelty cannot be satisfied but with my death.
psa 17:10They are inclosed in their own (i) fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
(i) They are puffed up with pride, as the stomach that is choked with fat.
psa 17:13Arise, O LORD, (k) disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, [which is] thy sword:
(k) Stop his rage.
psa 17:14From men [which are] thy (l) hand, O LORD, from men of the world, [which have] their (m) portion in [this] life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure]: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their babes.
(l) By your heavenly power.
(m) And not feel the pain that God's children often do.
psa 17:15As for me, I will behold thy face (n) in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I (o) awake, with thy likeness.
(n) This is the full happiness, comforting against all assaults to have the face of God and favourable countenance opened to us.
(o) And am delivered out of my great troubles.