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Psalm 59

For the worship leader. A prayer[a] of David to the tune “Do Not Destroy,”[b] when Saul sent assassins to David’s house.

Psalm 59 was inspired by the time there was a plan to kill David that was thwarted by David’s wife, Michal, who was Saul’s own daughter. She warned her husband, lowered him out of a window, and then deceived her father’s officers into believing David was bedridden with illness (1 Samuel 19:11–17).

Rescue me! Save me, O my God, from my enemies;
    set me in a safe place, far above any who come to attack me.
Rescue me from those malicious people,
    and save me from blood-thirsty murderers.

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Footnotes

  1. 59:title Hebrew, miktam, meaning is uncertain.
  2. 59:title Hebrew, al-tashheth, meaning is uncertain.

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