Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.
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Lit Do Not DestroyAl-tashheth. A
Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement PsalmMikhtam of David,
1 Sam 19:11when 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.
2 Deliver me from g those who do iniquity
And save me from h men of bloodshed.
3 For behold, they i have ▼
▼ Or lain in waitset an ambush for my ▼
▼ Lit soullife;
▼ Or StrongFierce men ▼
▼ Or stir up strife, n launch an attack against me,
o Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord,
▼ Lit Without guilt, q For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
r Arouse Yourself to ▼
▼ Lit meethelp me, and see!
5 You, 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 interludeSelah.
6 They y return at evening, they howl like a z dog,
And go around the city.
7 Behold, they aa belch forth with their mouth;
ab Swords are in their lips,
For, they say ac “Who hears?”
8 But 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 strengthhis ag strength I will watch for You,
For God is my ah stronghold.
▼ Many mss and some ancient versions read The God of my lovingkindnessMy God aj in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me ak look triumphantly upon ▼
▼ Lit those who lie in wait for memy foes.
11 Do 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.
▼ 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 lyinglies which they utter.
▼ Lit Bring to an end, aw Destroy them in wrath ▼
▼ Lit Bring to an enddestroy them that they may be no more;
That men may ay know that God ▼
▼ Or is Rulerrules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 They ba return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
15 They bb wander about ▼
▼ Or to devourfor food
▼ Another reading is tarry all nightgrowl if they are not satisfied.
16 But 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 lovingkindnessGod who shows me lovingkindness.
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