For the choir director; set to[a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.
59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; [d]Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed. 3 For behold, they have [e]set an ambush for my [f]life; [g]Fierce men [h]launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord, 4 [i]For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me. Arouse Yourself to [j]help me, and see! 5 You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to [k]punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. [l]Selah. 6 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city. 7 Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, “Who hears?” 8 But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.
9 Because of[m]his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold. 10 [n]My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon [o]my foes. 11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget; [p]Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield. 12 [q]On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and [r]lies which they utter. 13 [s]Destroy them in wrath, [t]destroy them that they may be no more; That men may know that God [u]rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah. 14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city. 15 They wander about [v]for food And [w]growl if they are not satisfied.
16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. 17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the [x]God who shows me lovingkindness.
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