For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style;2 a prayer3 of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath.4
56:1 Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me!5
All day long hostile enemies6 are tormenting me.7
56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat8 attack me all day long.
Indeed,9 many are fighting against me, O Exalted One.10
56:3 When11 I am afraid,
I trust in you.
56:4 In God – I boast in his promise12 –
in God I trust, I am not afraid.
What can mere men13 do to me?14
56:5 All day long they cause me trouble;15
they make a habit of plotting my demise.16
56:6 They stalk17 and lurk;18
they watch my every step,19
as20 they prepare to take my life.21
56:7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape!22
In your anger23 bring down the nations,24 O God!
56:8 You keep track of my misery.25
Put my tears in your leather container!26
Are they not recorded in your scroll?27
56:9 My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help;28
I know that God is on my side.29
56:10 In God – I boast in his promise30 –
in the Lord – I boast in his promise31 –
56:11 in God I trust, I am not afraid.
What can mere men32 do to me?33
56:12 I am obligated to fulfill the vows I made to you, O God;34
I will give you the thank-offerings you deserve,35
56:13 when you deliver36 my life from death.
You keep my feet from stumbling,37
so that I might serve38 God as I enjoy life.39