For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style;2 a prayer3 of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him.4
59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
Protect me5 from those who attack me!6
59:2 Deliver me from evildoers!7
Rescue me from violent men!8
59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me;9
powerful men stalk10 me,
but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord.11
59:4 Though I have done nothing wrong,12 they are anxious to attack.13
Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me!14
59:5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior,15 the God of Israel,
rouse yourself and punish16 all the nations!
Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)
59:6 They return in the evening;
they growl17 like a dog
and prowl around outside18 the city.
59:7 Look, they hurl insults at me
and openly threaten to kill me,19
for they say,20
59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them;21
you taunt22 all the nations.
59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you!23
For God is my refuge.24
59:10 The God who loves me will help me;25
God will enable me to triumph over26 my enemies.27
59:11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,
because then my people might forget the lesson.28
Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,
O Lord who shields us!29
59:12 They speak sinful words.30
So let them be trapped by their own pride
and by the curses and lies they speak!
59:13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!
Let them know that God rules
in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
59:14 They return in the evening;
they growl31 like a dog
and prowl around outside32 the city.
59:15 They wander around looking for something to eat;
they refuse to sleep until they are full.33
59:16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;
I will praise your loyal love in the morning.
For you are my refuge34
and my place of shelter when I face trouble.35
59:17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you!36
For God is my refuge,37 the God who loves me.38