Psalms 56

A Call for God’s Protection

1For the choir director: according to “A Silent Dove Far Away.”
Possibly a tune
A Davidic
Miktam: A musical term of uncertain meaning, possibly denoting a plaintive style
. When the Philistines seized him in Gath. c

Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me;
he fights and oppresses me all day long.
2 My adversaries trample me all day,
for many arrogantly fight against me.
Or many fight against me, O exalted One, or many fight against me from the heights

3 When I am afraid,
I will trust in You. f
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not fear.
What can man do to me? g

5 They twist my words all day long;
all their thoughts against me are evil. h
6 They stir up strife,
Or They attack
they lurk;
they watch my steps
while they wait to take my life. j
7 Will they escape in spite of such sin?
God, bring down the nations in wrath. k

8 You Yourself have recorded my wanderings.
Or misery

Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your records? m
9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. n
This I know: God is for me. o

10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I will not fear.
What can man do to me? p

12 I am obligated by vows
Lit On me the vows
to You, God;
I will make my thank offerings to You. r
13 For You delivered me from death,
even my feet from stumbling,
to walk before God in the light of life. s
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