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Psalm 56 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Trust in God under Persecution

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 Be gracious to me, O God,
for men trample upon me;
    all day long foemen oppress me;
my enemies trample upon me all day long,
    for many fight against me proudly.
When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in thee.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust without a fear.
    What can flesh do to me?

All day long they seek to injure my cause;
    all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They band themselves together, they lurk,
    they watch my steps.
As they have waited for my life,
    so recompense[a] them for their crime;
    in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

Thou hast kept count of my tossings;
    put thou my tears in thy bottle!
    Are they not in thy book?
Then my enemies will be turned back
    in the day when I call.
    This I know, that[b] God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust without a fear.
    What can man do to me?

12 My vows to thee I must perform, O God;
    I will render thank offerings to thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
    yea, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.


  1. Psalm 56:7 Cn: Heb deliver
  2. Psalm 56:9 Or because
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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