To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is hiding among us.”
54 Save me, O God, by Your name; And vindicate me by Your [wondrous] power. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; Listen to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.
4 Behold, God is my helper and ally; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder]. 5 He will pay back the evil to my enemies; In Your faithfulness destroy them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 For He has rescued me from every trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction (triumph) on my enemies.
Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.
To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David.
55 Listen to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my plea. 2 Listen to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and distracted 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble on me, And in anger they persecute me.
4 My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling have come upon me; Horror has overwhelmed me. 6 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 “I would wander far away, I would lodge in the [peace of the] wilderness. Selah. 8 “I would hurry to my refuge [my tranquil shelter far away] From the stormy wind and from the tempest.”
9 [a]Confuse [my enemies], O Lord, divide their tongues [destroying their schemes], For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around her walls; Wickedness and mischief are in her midst. 11 Destruction is within her; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets and market places.
12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me— Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who has hated me who insolently exalts himself against me— Then I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man my equal and my counsel, My companion and my familiar friend; 14 We who had sweet [b]fellowship together, Who walked to the house of God in company. 15 Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), For evil [of every kind] is in their dwelling and in their hearts, in their midst.
16 As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. 18 He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me. 19 God will hear and humble them, Even He who [c]sits enthroned from old— Selah. Because in them there has been no change [of heart], And they do not fear God [at all]. 20 He [my companion] has put out his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has [d]broken his covenant [of friendship and loyalty]. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But his heart was hostile; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). 23 But You, O God, will bring down the wicked to the pit of destruction; Men of blood and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will [boldly and unwaveringly] trust in You.
Supplication for Rescue and Grateful Trust in God.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Silent Dove Among Those Far Away.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts] when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
56 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled on me; All day long the adversary oppresses and torments me. 2 My enemies have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. 3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise; In God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me? 5 All day long they twist my words and say hurtful things; All their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They attack, they hide and lurk, They watch my steps, As they have [expectantly] waited to take my life. 7 Cast them out because of their wickedness. In anger bring down the peoples, O God!
8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not recorded in Your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will give thank offerings to You. 13 For You have rescued my soul from death, Yes, and my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of life.
Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David] when he fled from Saul in the cave.
57 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious and merciful to me, For my soul finds shelter and safety in You, And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge and be confidently secure Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, Who accomplishes all things on my behalf [for He completes my purpose in His plan]. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He calls to account him who tramples me down. Selah. God will send out His lovingkindness and His truth.
4 My life is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe out fire— The sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory and majesty be over all the earth. 6 They [e]set a net for my steps; My very life was bowed down. They dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident! I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]! 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the people; I will sing praises to You among the nations. 10 For Your faithfulness and lovingkindness are great, reaching to the heavens, And Your truth to the clouds. 11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory and majesty be over all the earth.
Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David].
58 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods (heavenly beings)? Do you judge fairly, O sons of men? 2 No, in your heart you devise wrongdoing; On earth you deal out the violence of your hands. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These go astray from birth, speaking lies [even twisted partial truths]. 4 Their poison is like the venom of a serpent; They are like the deaf horned viper that stops up its ear, 5 So that it does not listen to the voice of charmers, Or of the skillful enchanter casting [cunning] spells.
6 O God, break their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 7 Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts. 8 Let them be as a snail which melts away (secretes slime) as it goes along, Like the miscarriage of a woman which never sees the sun. 9 Before your cooking pots can feel the fire of thorns [burning under them as fuel], He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning ones alike.
10 The [unyieldingly] righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance [of God]; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 Men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on the earth.”
Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David, [a record of memorable thoughts] when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.
59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Set me securely on an inaccessibly high place away from those who rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from those who practice wrongdoing, And save me from bloodthirsty men. 3 Look! They lie in wait for my life; Fierce and powerful men [are uniting together to] launch an attack against me, Not for my wrongdoing nor for any sin of mine, O Lord. 4 They run and set themselves against me though there is no guilt in me; Stir Yourself to meet and help me, and see [what they are doing]! 5 You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Arise to punish all the nations; Spare no one and do not be merciful to any who treacherously plot evil. Selah. 6 They return at evening, they howl and snarl like dogs, And go [prowling] around the city. 7 Look how they belch out [insults] with their mouths; Swords [of sarcasm, ridicule, slander, and lies] are in their lips, For they say, “Who hears us?” 8 But You, O Lord, will laugh at them [in scorn]; You scoff at and deride all the nations.
9 O [God] my strength, I will watch for You; For God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower]. 10 My God in His [steadfast] lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly on my enemies [who lie in wait for me]. 11 Do not kill them, or my people will forget; Scatter them and make them wander [endlessly] back and forth by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield! 12 For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips, Let them even be trapped in their pride, And on account of the curses and lies which they tell. 13 Destroy them in wrath, destroy them so that they may be no more; Let them know that God rules over Jacob (Israel) To the ends of the earth. Selah. 14 They return at evening, they howl and snarl like dogs, And go [prowling] around the city. 15 They wander around for food [to devour] And growl all night if they are not satisfied.
16 But as for me, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; Yes, I will sing joyfully of Your lovingkindness in the morning; For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. 17 To You, O [God] my strength, I will sing praises; For God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower], the God who shows me [steadfast] lovingkindness.
Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “The Lily of the Testimony.” A Mikhtam of David [intended to record memorable thoughts and] to teach; when he struggled with the Arameans of Mesopotamia and the Arameans of Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
60 O God, You have rejected us and cast us off. You have broken [down our defenses and scattered] us; You have been angry; O restore us and turn again to us. 2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its rifts, for it shakes and totters. 3 You have made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger and fall. 4 You have set up a banner for those who fear You [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder—a banner to shield them from attack], A banner that may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. 5 That Your beloved ones may be rescued, Save with Your right hand and answer us.
6 God has spoken in His holiness [in His promises]: “I will rejoice, I will divide [the land of] Shechem and measure out the Valley of Succoth [west to east]. 7 “Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim is My helmet; Judah is My scepter. 8 “Moab is My [f]washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe [in triumph]; Over Philistia I raise the shout [of victory].”
9 Who will bring me into the besieged city [of Petra]? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Have You not rejected us, O God? And will You not go out with our armies? 11 Give us help against the enemy, For the help of man is worthless (ineffectual, without purpose). 12 Through God we will have victory, For He will trample down our enemies.
Confidence in God’s Protection.
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
61 Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help]. 3 For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, A strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
5 For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name [with reverence]. 6 You will prolong the king’s life [adding days upon days]; His years will be like many generations. 7 He will sit enthroned forever before [the face of] God; Appoint lovingkindness and truth to watch over and preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, Paying my vows day by day.
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