For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of David when the Ziphites went to Saul and said, “·We think David is [L Is not David…?] hiding among ·our people [L us; 1 Sam. 23:13–29; 26:1].”
54 God, ·save [give victory to] me ·because of who you are [L by your name]. By your ·strength [L name] ·show that I am innocent [contend for me]. 2 Hear my prayer, God; ·listen [L give ear] to ·what I say [L the speech of my mouth]. 3 Strangers ·turn [L rise up] against me, and ·cruel people want to kill me [L violent people seek my life]. They do not ·care about God [think about God; L set God before them]. ·Selah[Interlude]
4 ·See [T Behold], God ·will help me [L is my helper]; the Lord ·will support me [L is with/or among those who uphold me]. 5 Let ·my enemies be punished with their own evil [L evil return to my enemies]. ·Destroy [Put an end to] them because ·you are loyal to me [L of your faithfulness].
6 I will ·offer a sacrifice as a special gift [sacrifice a freewill offering] to you. I will ·thank [praise] ·you [L your name], Lord, because you are good. 7 You have ·saved [rescued] me from all my ·troubles [distress], and ·I have seen my enemies defeated [L my eyes have looked on my enemies].
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