Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;(A)
    hear me and answer me.(B)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(C)
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(D)
    and assail(E) me in their anger.(F)

My heart is in anguish(G) within me;
    the terrors(H) of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling(I) have beset me;
    horror(J) has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c](K)
I would hurry to my place of shelter,(L)
    far from the tempest and storm.(M)

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(N)
    for I see violence and strife(O) in the city.(P)
10 Day and night they prowl(Q) about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(R) are at work in the city;
    threats and lies(S) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,(T)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(U)
    at the house of God,(V)
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(W)
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(X)
    for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(Y) morning(Z) and noon(AA)
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(AB)
    who does not change—
he will hear(AC) them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.(AD)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(AE)
    he violates his covenant.(AF)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(AG)
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(AH)
    yet they are drawn swords.(AI)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;(AJ)
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.(AK)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit(AL) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(AM)
    will not live out half their days.(AN)

But as for me, I trust in you.(AO)

Psalm 56[d]

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.[e] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Be merciful to me,(AP) my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(AQ)
    all day long they press their attack.(AR)
My adversaries pursue me all day long;(AS)
    in their pride many are attacking me.(AT)

When I am afraid,(AU) I put my trust in you.(AV)
    In God, whose word I praise—(AW)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(AX)
    What can mere mortals do to me?(AY)

All day long they twist my words;(AZ)
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire,(BA) they lurk,
    they watch my steps,(BB)
    hoping to take my life.(BC)
Because of their wickedness do not[f] let them escape;(BD)
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(BE)

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll[g](BF)
    are they not in your record?(BG)
Then my enemies will turn back(BH)
    when I call for help.(BI)
    By this I will know that God is for me.(BJ)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows(BK) to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(BL)
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.(BM)

Psalm 57[h](BN)

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[i] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(BO)

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.(BP)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(BQ)
    until the disaster has passed.(BR)

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.(BS)
He sends from heaven and saves me,(BT)
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[j](BU)
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(BV)

I am in the midst of lions;(BW)
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.(BX)

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.(BY)

They spread a net for my feet(BZ)
    I was bowed down(CA) in distress.
They dug a pit(CB) in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.(CC)

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;(CD)
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!(CE)
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(CF)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(CG)
    let your glory be over all the earth.(CH)

Psalm 58[k]

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

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

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

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

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(CU)
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[m](CV)
10 The righteous will be glad(CW) when they are avenged,(CX)
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(CY)
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(CZ)
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”(DA)

Psalm 59[n]

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

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;(DC)
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.(DD)
Deliver me from evildoers(DE)
    and save me from those who are after my blood.(DF)

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire(DG) against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong,(DH) yet they are ready to attack me.(DI)
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!(DJ)
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,(DK)
rouse yourself(DL) to punish all the nations;(DM)
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.[p](DN)

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,(DO)
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths(DP)
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,(DQ)
    and they think, “Who can hear us?”(DR)
But you laugh at them, Lord;(DS)
    you scoff at all those nations.(DT)

You are my strength,(DU) I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,(DV)
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,[q](DW)
    or my people will forget.(DX)
In your might uproot them
    and bring them down.(DY)
12 For the sins of their mouths,(DZ)
    for the words of their lips,(EA)
    let them be caught in their pride.(EB)
For the curses and lies they utter,
13     consume them in your wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.(EC)
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob.(ED)

14 They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food(EE)
    and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing(EF) of your strength,(EG)
    in the morning(EH) I will sing of your love;(EI)
for you are my fortress,(EJ)
    my refuge in times of trouble.(EK)

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

Psalm 60[r](EM)

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

You have rejected us,(EO) God, and burst upon us;
    you have been angry(EP)—now restore us!(EQ)
You have shaken the land(ER) and torn it open;
    mend its fractures,(ES) for it is quaking.
You have shown your people desperate times;(ET)
    you have given us wine that makes us stagger.(EU)
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner(EV)
    to be unfurled against the bow.[v]

Save us and help us with your right hand,(EW)
    that those you love(EX) may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(EY)
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(EZ)
Gilead(FA) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim(FB) is my helmet,
    Judah(FC) is my scepter.(FD)
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.(FE)

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?(FF)
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.(FG)
12 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.(FH)

Psalm 61[w]

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

Hear my cry, O God;(FI)
    listen to my prayer.(FJ)

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

I long to dwell(FO) in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[x](FP)
For you, God, have heard my vows;(FQ)
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.(FR)

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

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

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  2. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
  4. Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.
  5. Psalm 56:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  6. Psalm 56:7 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not.
  7. Psalm 56:8 Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin
  8. Psalm 57:1 In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.
  9. Psalm 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  10. Psalm 57:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.
  11. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  12. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  13. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  14. Psalm 59:1 In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
  15. Psalm 59:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  16. Psalm 59:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
  17. Psalm 59:11 Or sovereign
  18. Psalm 60:1 In Hebrew texts 60:1-12 is numbered 60:3-14.
  19. Psalm 60:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  20. Psalm 60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of Northwest Mesopotamia
  21. Psalm 60:1 Title: That is, Arameans of central Syria
  22. Psalm 60:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  23. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.
  24. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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