For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A miktam [C perhaps “inscription”] of David when Saul sent men to ·watch David’s house [L the house] to kill him [1 Sam. 19:11–17].
59 God, ·save [protect] me from my enemies. ·Protect me [Give me refuge] from those who ·come [rise] against me. 2 ·Save [Protect] me from those who do evil and ·save me from [give me victory over] ·murderers [the bloodthirsty].
3 Look, they are waiting to ambush ·me [my life; Prov. 1:11]. ·Cruel [Defiant; Strong] people attack me, but I have not sinned or ·done wrong [transgressed], Lord. 4 I have done nothing wrong, but they ·are ready to attack me [L run and get ready]. Wake up to ·help [meet] me, and look. 5 You are the Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], the God of Israel. ·Arise [L Awake] and ·punish [visit] ·those people [L all the nations]. Do not give those traitors any ·mercy [grace]. ·Selah[Interlude]
6 They come back at ·night [evening]. Like dogs they ·growl [make a commotion] and ·roam around [surround] the city. 7 Notice what ·comes [bubbles up] from their mouths. ·Insults [L Swords] come from their lips, because they say, “Who’s listening?” 8 But, Lord, you laugh at them [2:4]; you ·make fun of [ridicule] all ·of them [L the nations].
9 God, my strength, I ·am looking to [keep watch for] you, because God is my ·defender [refuge]. 10 My God ·loves [is loyal to] me, and he goes in front of me. He will help me ·defeat [L look on] my enemies. 11 Lord, our ·protector [L shield], do not kill them, or my people will forget. With your power ·scatter them [make them wander] and ·defeat them [L bring them down]. 12 They sin by what they say; they sin with their ·words [L lips]. They curse and tell lies, so let their pride ·trap [capture] them. 13 ·Destroy [Annihilate] them in your anger; ·destroy [annihilate] them ·completely [L so they will be no more]! Then they will know that God rules over ·Israel [L Jacob] and to the ends of the earth. ·Selah[Interlude]
14 They come back at ·night [evening]. Like dogs they ·growl [make a commotion] and ·roam around [surround] the city. 15 They wander about looking for food, and they ·howl [grumble] if they ·do not find enough [are not satisfied]. 16 But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will sing about your ·love [loyalty]. You are my ·defender [refuge], my place of safety in ·times of trouble [L the day of distress]. 17 God, my strength, I will sing ·praises [a psalm] to you. God, my ·defender [refuge], you are the God who ·loves [is loyal to] me.
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