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Psalm 56

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam1 of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;

all day long an attacker oppresses me;

2my enemies trample on me all day long,

for many attack me proudly.

3When I am afraid,

I put my trust in you.

4In God, whose word I praise,

in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can flesh do to me?

5All day long they injure my cause;2

all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6They stir up strife, they lurk;

they watch my steps,

as they have waited for my life.

7For their crime will they escape?

In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

8You have kept count of my tossings;3

put my tears in your bottle.

Are they not in your book?

9Then my enemies will turn back

in the day when I call.

This I know, that4 God is for me.

10In God, whose word I praise,

in the Lord, whose word I praise,

11in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

12I must perform my vows to you, O God;

I will render thank offerings to you.

13For you have delivered my soul from death,

yes, my feet from falling,

that I may walk before God

in the light of life.

Footnotes

  • 1 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 56:5 Or they twist my words
  • 3 56:8 Or wanderings
  • 4 56:9 Or because

Psalm 57

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam1 of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,

for in you my soul takes refuge;

in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,

till the storms of destruction pass by.

2I cry out to God Most High,

to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

3He will send from heaven and save me;

he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah

God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

4My soul is in the midst of lions;

I lie down amid fiery beastsā€”

the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongues are sharp swords.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

6They set a net for my steps;

my soul was bowed down.

They dug a pit in my way,

but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

7My heart is steadfast, O God,

my heart is steadfast!

I will sing and make melody!

8Awake, my glory!2

Awake, O harp and lyre!

I will awake the dawn!

9I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

10For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the clouds.

11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

Footnotes

  • 1 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 57:8 Or my whole being