Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(A)
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,(B)
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(C)

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(D)
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed(E) the tune of the charmer,(F)
    however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(G)
    Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!(H)
Let them vanish like water that flows away;(I)
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(J)
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(K)
    like a stillborn child(L) that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(M)
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](N)
10 The righteous will be glad(O) when they are avenged,(P)
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(Q)
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(R)
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”(S)

Psalm 59[d]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[e] When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house(T) in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;(U)
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.(V)
Deliver me from evildoers(W)
    and save me from those who are after my blood.(X)

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire(Y) against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong,(Z) yet they are ready to attack me.(AA)
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!(AB)
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,(AC)
rouse yourself(AD) to punish all the nations;(AE)
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.[f](AF)

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,(AG)
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths(AH)
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,(AI)
    and they think, “Who can hear us?”(AJ)
But you laugh at them, Lord;(AK)
    you scoff at all those nations.(AL)

You are my strength,(AM) I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,(AN)
10     my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
    and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[g](AO)
    or my people will forget.(AP)
In your might uproot them
    and bring them down.(AQ)
12 For the sins of their mouths,(AR)
    for the words of their lips,(AS)
    let them be caught in their pride.(AT)
For the curses and lies they utter,
13     consume them in your wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.(AU)
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob.(AV)

14 They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food(AW)
    and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing(AX) of your strength,(AY)
    in the morning(AZ) I will sing of your love;(BA)
for you are my fortress,(BB)
    my refuge in times of trouble.(BC)

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.(BD)

Psalm 60[h](BE)

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam[i] of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim[j] and Aram Zobah,[k] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.(BF)

You have rejected us,(BG) God, and burst upon us;
    you have been angry(BH)—now restore us!(BI)
You have shaken the land(BJ) and torn it open;
    mend its fractures,(BK) for it is quaking.
You have shown your people desperate times;(BL)
    you have given us wine that makes us stagger.(BM)
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner(BN)
    to be unfurled against the bow.[l]

Save us and help us with your right hand,(BO)
    that those you love(BP) may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(BQ)
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(BR)
Gilead(BS) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim(BT) is my helmet,
    Judah(BU) is my scepter.(BV)
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.(BW)

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?(BX)
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.(BY)
12 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.(BZ)

Psalm 61[m]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God;(CA)
    listen to my prayer.(CB)

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;(CC)
    lead me to the rock(CD) that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,(CE)
    a strong tower against the foe.(CF)

I long to dwell(CG) in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[n](CH)
For you, God, have heard my vows;(CI)
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.(CJ)

Increase the days of the king’s life,(CK)
    his years for many generations.(CL)
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;(CM)
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.(CN)

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name(CO)
    and fulfill my vows day after day.(CP)

Psalm 62[o]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Truly my soul finds rest(CQ) in God;(CR)
    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock(CS) and my salvation;(CT)
    he is my fortress,(CU) I will never be shaken.(CV)

How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall,(CW) this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.[p](CX)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;(CY)
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[q];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.(CZ)
Trust in him at all times, you people;(DA)
    pour out your hearts to him,(DB)
    for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn(DC) are but a breath,(DD)
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance,(DE) they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion(DF)
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;(DG)
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.(DH)

11 One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,(DI)
12     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;(DJ)
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”(DK)


  1. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  2. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  4. Psalm 59:1 In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
  5. Psalm 59:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  6. Psalm 59:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
  7. Psalm 59:11 Or sovereign
  8. Psalm 60:1 In Hebrew texts 60:1-12 is numbered 60:3-14.
  9. Psalm 60:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  10. Psalm 60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of Northwest Mesopotamia
  11. Psalm 60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of central Syria
  12. Psalm 60:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  13. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.
  14. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  15. Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13.
  16. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.
  17. Psalm 62:7 Or / God Most High is my salvation and my honor

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