Psalms 59

To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.


Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
Altaschith...: or, Destroy not
Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
defend...: Heb. set me on high
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. 4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
help: Heb. meet
5Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go about the city. 7Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

8But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. 9Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
defence: Heb. high place
10The God of my mercy shall help me: God shall let me see my desire upon my enemies.
enemies: Heb. observers
11Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be : and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah. 14And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go about the city. 15Let them wander up and down for food, and murmur if they are not satisfied.
for meat: Heb. to eat
and grudge...: or, if they be not satisfied, then they will stay all night
16But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17To thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

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