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Psalm 57

Praise and Assurance under Persecution

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

Be merciful to me, O God; be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    until the destroying storms pass by.(A)
I cry to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me.(B)
He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.(C)

I lie down among lions
    that greedily devour[a] human prey;
their teeth are spears and arrows,
    their tongues sharp swords.(D)

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over all the earth.(E)

They set a net for my steps;
    my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah(F)
My heart is steadfast, O God;
    my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody.(G)
    Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn.(H)
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.(I)
10 For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
    your faithfulness extends to the clouds.(J)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over all the earth.(K)


  1. 57.4 Cn: Heb are aflame for