For the director of music. To the tune of “The Dove in the Distant Oak.” A miktam [C perhaps “inscription”] of David when the Philistines ·captured [seized] him in Gath [C referring to the episode in 1 Sam. 21:10–15 or to an unrecorded event].
56 God, be ·merciful [gracious] to me because people are ·chasing [trampling; hounding; snapping at] me; the battle has ·pressed [harrassed] me all day long. 2 My enemies have ·chased [trampled on; hounded; snapped at] me all day; there are many proud people fighting me. 3 When I am afraid, I will ·trust [have confidence in] you. 4 I praise God for his word. I ·trust [have confidence in] God, so I am not afraid. What can ·human beings [L flesh] do to me?
5 All day long they ·twist [find fault with] my words; all their evil ·plans [or thoughts] are against me. 6 They ·wait [or attack; or strive]. They hide. They watch my ·steps [L heels], hoping to kill me. 7 God, do not let them escape; ·punish [L bring down] the ·foreign nations [peoples] in your anger. 8 You have ·recorded [recounted] my ·troubles [wanderings]. You have ·kept a list of my tears [L put my tears in your bottle]. Aren’t they in your records?
9 On the day I call for help, my enemies will ·be defeated [L turn back]. I know that God is on my side. 10 I praise God for his word to me; I praise the Lord for his word. 11 I ·trust [have confidence] in God. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?
12 God, I must keep my ·promises [vows] to you. I will give you my ·offerings to thank you [thank offerings], 13 because you have ·saved [protected] me from death. You have kept ·me from being defeated [L my feet from falling]. So I will walk ·with [L in the presence of] God in light ·among [of] the living.
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