Psalms 59

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.

For the choir director; set to
Lit Do Not Destroy
Al-tashheth. A
Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
Mikhtam of David,
1 Sam 19:11
when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.

1 d  Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Or May You put me in an inaccessibly high place
,
f  Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
2Deliver me from g  those who do iniquity
And save me from h  men of bloodshed.
3For behold, they i  have
Or lain in wait
set an ambush for my
Lit soul
life;
Or Strong
Fierce men
Or stir up strife
,
n  launch an attack against me,
o  Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O  Lord,
4
Lit Without guilt
,
q  For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
r  Arouse Yourself to
Lit meet
help me, and see!
5You, t  O  Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to
Lit visit
,
v  punish all the nations;
w  Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Selah.
6They y  return at evening, they howl like a z  dog,
And go around the city.
7Behold, they aa  belch forth with their mouth;
ab  Swords are in their lips,
For, they say ac  Who hears?”
8But You, O  Lord ad  laugh at them;
You ae  scoff at all the nations.

9 Because of
Many mss and some ancient versions read My strength
his ag  strength I will watch for You,
For God is my ah  stronghold.
10
Many mss and some ancient versions read The God of my lovingkindness
My God aj  in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me ak  look triumphantly upon
Lit those who lie in wait for me
my foes.
11Do not slay them, am  or my people will forget;
Or Make them wander
,
ao  Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord ap  our shield.
12
Or The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips,
On account of the ar  sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be as  caught in their pride,
And on account of at  curses and
Lit lying
lies which they utter.
13
Lit Bring to an end
,
aw  Destroy them in wrath
Lit Bring to an end
destroy them that they may be no more;
That men may ay  know that God
Or is Ruler
rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14They ba  return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
15They bb  wander about
Or to devour
for food
And
Another reading is tarry all night
growl if they are not satisfied.

16But as for me, I shall be  sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall bf  joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the bg  morning,
For You have been my bh  stronghold
And a bi  refuge in the day of my distress.
17 bj  O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my bk  stronghold, the
Lit God of my lovingkindness
God who shows me lovingkindness.

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