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Psalm 56New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Supplication for Deliverance and Grateful Trust in God.

For the choir director; according to [a]Jonath elem rehokim. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has [d]trampled upon me;
[e]Fighting all day long he oppresses me.
My foes have [f]trampled upon me all day long,
For [g]they are many who fight proudly against me.
[h]When I am afraid,
[i]I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere [j]man do to me?
All day long they [k]distort my words;
All their [l]thoughts are against me for evil.
They [m]attack, they lurk,
They watch my [n]steps,
As they have waited to take my [o]life.
Because of wickedness, [p]cast them forth,
In anger put down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, [q]that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 In God I have put my [r]trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered my soul from death,
[s]Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the [t]living.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 56:1 Or The silent dove of those who are far off, or, The dove of the distant terebinths
  2. Psalm 56:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 56:1 1 Sam 21:10, 11
  4. Psalm 56:1 Or snapped at
  5. Psalm 56:1 Or A fighting man
  6. Psalm 56:2 Or snapped at
  7. Psalm 56:2 Or many are fighting
  8. Psalm 56:3 Lit In the day
  9. Psalm 56:3 Or I am one who puts
  10. Psalm 56:4 Lit flesh
  11. Psalm 56:5 Or trouble my affairs
  12. Psalm 56:5 Or purposes
  13. Psalm 56:6 Or stir up strife
  14. Psalm 56:6 Lit heels
  15. Psalm 56:6 Lit soul
  16. Psalm 56:7 Or will they have escape?
  17. Psalm 56:9 Or because
  18. Psalm 56:11 Or trust without fear
  19. Psalm 56:13 Or have You not delivered
  20. Psalm 56:13 Or life
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