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Psalm 59

They Lie in Wait

For the choir director. “Do Not Destroy.”[a] By David. A miktam.
When Saul had sent men, and they watched the house to kill David.[b]

Opening Plea

Deliver me from my enemies, my God.
You set me high above those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from evildoers.
Save me from bloodthirsty men.

The Viciousness of the Enemy

Yes, look how they lie in ambush to take my life!
Strong men gather against me,
but it is not because I have rebelled,
not because I have sinned, O Lord.
I am not guilty,
yet they run to take up their positions against me.
Rise up to meet me and see!
You, O Lord, God of Armies, the God of Israel,
wake up and confront all the nations. Interlude
Do not show mercy to all the wicked traitors.
They return at evening. They growl like dogs.
They prowl around the city.
Look, they gush from their mouths.
Their lips are swords,
so they say, “Who hears?”

Conclusion and Refrain

But you laugh at them, Lord.
You scoff at all those nations.
O my Strength, I watch for you,
because God is my high fortress.


10 My merciful God will go ahead of me.
God will make me look down on those who slander me.

The Judgment on the Enemies

11 Do not kill them, or my people may forget.
In your might make them wander about.
Bring them down, O Lord, our shield.
12 The sin of their mouth is the words of their lips,
so let them be caught in their pride,
because of the curses and lies they proclaim.
13 Consume them in wrath.
Consume them till they are no more.
Then they will know to the ends of the earth Interlude
    that God rules over Jacob.
14 They return at evening. They growl like dogs.
They prowl around the city.
15 They wander about for food.
If not satisfied, they howl.

Conclusion and Refrain

16 But I will sing about your strength.
In the morning I will shout about your mercy,
because you are a high fortress for me,
a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I make music,
because God is my high fortress, my merciful God.


  1. Psalm 59:1 This may be the name of the tune.
  2. Psalm 59:1 See 1 Samuel 19.