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Psalm 56

For the choir director; according to yonath elem rechokim;[a] a miktam by David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.

Have pity on me, O Elohim, because people are harassing me.
    All day long warriors oppress me.
All day long my enemies spy on me.
    They harass me.
        There are so many fighting against me.
Even when I am afraid, I still trust you.

I praise the word of Elohim.
    I trust Elohim.
    I am not afraid.
        What can mere flesh and blood do to me?

All day long my enemies twist my words.
    Their every thought is an evil plan against me.
They attack, and then they hide.
    They watch my every step as they wait to take my life.
With the wrong they do, can they escape?
    O Elohim, angrily make the nations fall.
(You have kept a record of my wanderings.
    Put my tears in your bottle.
        They are already in your book.)
Then my enemies will retreat when I call to you.
    This I know: Elohim is on my side.

10 I praise the word of Elohim.
    I praise the word of Yahweh.
11 I trust Elohim.
    I am not afraid.
        What can mortals do to me?

12 I am bound by my vows to you, O Elohim.
    I will keep my vows by offering songs of thanksgiving to you.
13 You have rescued me from death.
    You have kept my feet from stumbling
        so that I could walk in Elohim’s presence, in the light of life.


  1. Psalm 56:1 Unknown musical term.