SUPERSCRIPTION: A Prayer by David. First, that the relationship between the Psalmist and YHWH is an active, not a passive, relationship. The differences are twofold: In Psalm 17, David’s pleas are much more urgent than in Psalm 16. Psalm 17:9, ESV: "from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me." Psalm 17:15(NASB) Verse Thoughts How blessed are we who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ and how often we find encouragement, comfort, peace and hope in the Psalms of David, whose words so often reflect the joy we also have in the Lord and bring to our remembrance the many precious promises that are ours in Christ. The probing (bahan, see Psalm 7:9) of "the heart" ( Psalm 17:3 a) is a determination of the purity and integrity of the heart. The title of this psalm is simply A Prayer of David. Psalm 9:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 9:17, NIV: "The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God." Lord, I call on You, I know and trust You will answer me. Now, David follows up his statement of confidence in his own innocence with some requests to God in verses 6 through 8. Psalm 9:17, ESV: "The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God." Psalm 7:5 But this is common to all men, to the righteous as well as the wicked. Psalms Psalm 17 8 Meaning. Commentary on Psalm 17:1-7 (Read Psalm 17:1-7) This psalm is a prayer. Daughter is either a contraction of a word meaning cavity, or is the common Hebrew idiom which by son or daughter of expresses relation, as sons of the bow = arrows. We can’t attach it to a specific time in David’s life, because there are too many possible points where this connects with his general circumstances. Psalm 17:6-8. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favour. Psalm 17:9, KJV: "From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about." Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 17 ... [The literal meaning is:] Distinguish Your kind acts, You Who save those who take refuge, etc. Psalm 17 – Shelter Under the Shadow of His Wings. 1 Chronicles 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, deadly enemies [Heb. 6 I have called upon thee, Particularly, David asks for protection – based on God’s loyal covenant love. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings… Being hidden in the steadfast love of our heavenly Father is a beautiful thing. Some render it, "shall return to the grave", to the earth, the original dust from whence they came. Let’s read verses 6 through 8. Even as silver and gold underwent a refining process and were tested until the smith was satisfied with the purity of these precious metals, so the psalmist asks for an examination of his purity of devotion to God." Psalms 17:8. Psalm 17:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 17:9, NIV: "from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me." This is a transposed verse, meaning: Distinguish Your kind acts to save with Your right hand those who take refuge, etc. Psalm 9:17 "The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God." Psalm 9:17, KJV: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Show me the wonders of Your great and steadfast love. You have saved me and I find refuge in You. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. 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