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Psalms 17:2

    Psalms 17:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let my sentence come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold the things that are equal.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; Let thine eyes look upon equity.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be my judge; for your eyes see what is right.

    Webster's Revision

    Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; Let thine eyes look upon equity.

    World English Bible

    Let my sentence come forth from your presence. Let your eyes look on equity.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes look upon equity.

    Definitions for Psalms 17:2

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 17:2

    My sentence come forth from thy presence - Thou knowest my heart, and my ways; judge me as thou shalt find; let me not fall under the judgment of man.

    Let thine eyes behold the things that are equal - Thou knowest whether I render to all their due, and whether others act justly by me. Thou canst not be deceived: do justice between me and my adversaries.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 17:2

    Let my sentence - Hebrew, "my judgment." The allusion is to a judgment or sentence as coming from God in regard to the matter referred to in the psalm, to wit, the injuries which he had received from his enemies. He felt that they had done him injustice and wrong; he felt assured that a sentence or judgment from God in the case would be in his favor. So Job often felt that if he could bring his case directly before God, God would decide in his favor. Compare Job 23:1-6.

    Come forth from thy presence - From before thee. That is, he asks God to pronounce a sentence in his case.

    Let thine eyes behold - He asked God to examine the case with his own eyes, or attentively to consider it, and to see where justice was.

    The things that are equal - The things that are just and right. He felt assured that his own cause was right, and he prays here that justice in the case may be done. He felt that, if that were done, he would be delivered from his enemies. As between ourselves and our fellow-men, it is right to pray to God that he would see that exact justice should be done, for we may be able to feel certain that justice is on our side, and that we are injured by them; but as between ourselves and God, we can never offer that prayer, for if justice were done to us we could not but be condemned. Before him our plea must be for mercy, not justice.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 17:2

    17:2 Sentence - Judgment on my behalf. Come - From thy tribunal.