Supplication for Deliverance and Grateful Trust in God.
For the choir director; according to [a]Jonath elem rehokim. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
56 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has [d]trampled upon me; [e]Fighting all day long he oppresses me. 2 My foes have [f]trampled upon me all day long, For [g]they are many who fight proudly against me. 3 [h]When I am afraid, [i]I will put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere[j]man do to me? 5 All day long they [k]distort my words; All their [l]thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They [m]attack, they lurk, They watch my [n]steps, As they have waited to take my [o]life. 7 Because of wickedness, [p]cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!
8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, [q]that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 In God I have put my [r]trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You. 13 For You have delivered my soul from death, [s]Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the [t]living.
Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.
For the choir director; set to[u]Al-tashheth. A [v]Mikhtam of David, [w]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
57 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who [x]tramples upon me. [y]Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His [z]truth.
4 My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth. 6 They have [aa]prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the [ab]nations. 10 For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your [ac]truth to the clouds. 11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.
Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.
For the choir director; set to[ad]Al-tashheth. A [ae]Mikhtam of David.
58 Do you indeed [af]speak righteousness, O [ag]gods? Do you judge [ah]uprightly, O sons of men? 2 No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from [ai]birth. 4 They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear, 5 So that it does not hear the voice of [aj]charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.
6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 7 Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he [ak]aims his arrows, let them be as [al]headless shafts. 8 Let them be as a snail which [am]melts away as it goes along, Like the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the [an]green and the burning alike.
10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 And men will say, “Surely there is a [ao]reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges [ap]on earth!”
Psalm 56:1Or The silent dove of those who are far off, or, The dove of the distant terebinths
Psalm 56:1Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
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