Psalms 56

Psalm 561

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

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