A A A A A
Bible Book List

Psalm 59New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 59[a]

Complaint Against Bloodthirsty Enemies

For the director. Do not destroy.[b] A miktam of David, when Saul sent people to watch his house and kill him.

I

Rescue me from my enemies, my God;
    lift me out of reach of my foes.
Deliver me from evildoers;
    from the bloodthirsty save me.
They have set an ambush for my life;
    the powerful conspire against me.
For no offense or misdeed of mine, Lord,
    for no fault they hurry to take up arms.
Come near and see my plight!
    You, Lord God of hosts, are the God of Israel!
Awake! Punish all the nations.
    Have no mercy on these worthless traitors.
Selah
Each evening they return,
    growling like dogs, prowling the city.
Their mouths pour out insult;
    sharp words are on their lips.
    They say: “Who is there to hear?”[c]
But you, Lord, laugh at them;
    you deride all the nations.
10 My strength, for you I watch;
    you, God, are my fortress,
11     my loving God.

II

May God go before me,
    and show me my fallen foes.
12 Slay them, God,
    lest they deceive my people.
Shake them by your power;
    Lord, our shield, bring them down.
13 For the sinful words of their mouths and lips
    let them be caught in their pride.
For the lies they have told under oath
14     destroy them in anger,
    destroy till they are no more.
Then people will know God rules over Jacob,
    yes, even to the ends of the earth.
Selah
15 Each evening they return,
    growling like dogs, prowling the city.
16 They roam about as scavengers;
    if they are not filled, they howl.

III

17 But I shall sing of your strength,
    extol your mercy at dawn,
For you are my fortress,
    my refuge in time of trouble.
18 My strength, your praise I will sing;
    you, God, are my fortress, my loving God.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 59 A lament in two parts (Ps 59:2–9, 11b–17), each ending in a refrain (Ps 59:10, 18). Both parts alternate prayer for vindication (Ps 59:2–3, 4b–5, 11b–14) with vivid depictions of the psalmist’s enemies (Ps 59:4–5a, 7–8, 15–16). The near curse in Ps 59:12–13 is not a crude desire for revenge but a wish that God’s just rule over human affairs be recognized now.
  2. 59:1 Do not destroy: probably the title of the melody to which the Psalm was to be sung.
  3. 59:8 Who is there to hear?: a sample of the enemies’ godless reflection. The answer is that God hears their blasphemies.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  Back

1 of 1

You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more

Viewing of
Cross references
Footnotes