For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A miktam [C perhaps “inscription”] of David when he ·escaped [fled] from Saul in the cave [C likely a reference to 1 Sam. 22:1–5, but possibly 1 Sam. 24].
57 Be ·merciful [gracious] to me, God; be ·merciful [gracious] to me because I ·come to you for protection [L seek refuge]. Let me ·hide [be protected; L seek refuge] under the shadow of your wings [Ruth 2:12; Matt. 23:37] until the ·trouble [destruction] has passed.
2 I cry out to God Most High, to the God who ·does everything for [fulfills his purpose for; or avenges] me. 3 He sends help from heaven and ·saves me [gives me victory]. He ·punishes [reproaches; scorns] those who ·chase [trample on; hound; snap at] me. ·Selah[Interlude] God sends me his ·love [loyalty] and ·truth [faithfulness].
4 I lie down among lions [C his enemies]; who are aflame for human prey. Their teeth are like spears and arrows, their tongues as sharp as swords.
5 God is ·supreme [exalted] over the ·skies [heavens]; his ·majesty [glory; C his manifest presence] ·covers [L is over] the earth.
6 They set a ·trap [net] for ·me [L my feet]. I am ·very worried [bowed down]. They dug a pit ·in my path [L before me], but they fell into it themselves. ·Selah[Interlude]
7 My heart is ·steady [steadfast; ready], God; my heart is ·steady [steadfast; ready]. I will sing and ·praise [play a psalm for] you. 8 Wake up, my ·soul [or glory]. Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn. 9 Lord, I will ·praise [thank] you among the ·nations [peoples]; I will ·sing songs of praise about [play a psalm for] you to all the nations. 10 Your ·love [loyalty] ·reaches to [is greater than] the ·skies [heavens], your ·truth [faithfulness] to the clouds. 11 God, you are ·supreme [exalted] above the ·skies [heavens]. Let your glory [C manifest presence] be over all the earth.
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