Psalms 59

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to a  Do Not Destroy. A b  Miktam
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David, d  when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

1 e  Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
f  protect me from those who g  rise up against me;
2deliver me from h  those who work evil,
and save me from i  bloodthirsty men.
3 For behold, they j  lie in wait for my life;
fierce men k  stir up strife against me.
l  For no transgression or sin of mine, O  Lord,
4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
m  Awake, come to meet me, and see!
5You, n   Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.  Selah
6 Each evening they o  come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
7There they are p  bellowing with their mouths
with q  swords in their lips
for r  Who,” they think,
Hebrew lacks  they think
“will hear us?”
8 But you, O  Lord, t  laugh at them;
you hold all the nations in derision.
9O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are u  my fortress.
10 v  My God in his steadfast love
Or The God who shows me steadfast love
x  will meet me;
God will let me y  look in triumph on my enemies.
11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter
Or wander
by your power and aa  bring them down,
O Lord, our ab  shield!
12For ac  the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13 ad  consume them in wrath;
consume them till they are no more,
that they may ae  know that God rules over Jacob
to af  the ends of the earth.  Selah
14 ag  Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
15They ah  wander about for food
and growl if they do not get their fill.
16 But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me ai  a fortress
and aj  a refuge in ak  the day of my distress.
17O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God al  are my fortress,
am  the God who shows me steadfast love.
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