Psalms 59

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to aDo Not Destroy. A bMiktam
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David, dwhen Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

1 eDeliver me from my enemies, O my God;
fprotect me from those who grise up against me;
2deliver me from hthose who work evil,
and save me from ibloodthirsty men.
3 For behold, they jlie in wait for my life;
fierce men kstir up strife against me.
lFor no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
mAwake, come to meet me, and see!
5You, nLord 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 ocome back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
7There they are, pbellowing with their mouths
with qswords in their lips
for rWho,” they think,
Hebrew lacks  they think
“will hear us?”
8 But you, O Lord, tlaugh at them;
you hold all the nations in derision.
9O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are umy fortress.
10 vMy God in his steadfast love
Or The God who shows me steadfast love
xwill meet me;
God will let me ylook in triumph on my enemies.
11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter
Or wander
by your power and aabring them down,
O Lord, our abshield!
12For acthe 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 adconsume them in wrath;
consume them till they are no more,
that they may aeknow that God rules over Jacob
to afthe ends of the earth.  Selah
14 agEach evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
15They ahwander 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 aia fortress
and aja refuge in akthe day of my distress.
17O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, alare my fortress,
amthe God who shows me steadfast love.
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