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Psalm 57-59 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 57

For the music leader. Do not destroy. A miktam[a] of David, when he fled from Saul into the cave.

57 Have mercy on me, God;
    have mercy on me
    because I[b] have taken refuge in you.
    I take refuge
    in the shadow of your wings
        until destruction passes by.
I call out to God Most High—
    to God, who comes through for me.
He sends orders from heaven and saves me,
    rebukes the one who tramples me. Selah
        God sends his loyal love and faithfulness.

My life is in the middle of a pack of lions.
    I lie down among those who devour humans.
        Their teeth are spears and arrows;
        their tongues are sharpened swords.
Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
They laid a net for my feet to bring me down;
    they dug a pit for me,
    but they fell into it instead! Selah

My heart is unwavering, God—
    my heart is unwavering.
I will sing and make music.
    Wake up, my glory!
    Wake up, harp and lyre!
    I will wake the dawn itself!
I will give thanks to you,
my Lord,
    among all the peoples;
I will make music to you among the nations
10     because your faithful love
        is as high as heaven;
    your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
11 Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Psalm 58

For the music leader. Do not destroy. A psalm of David, a miktam.[c]

58 Do you really speak what is right, you gods?
    Do you really judge humans fairly?
No: in your hearts you plan injustice;
    your hands do violence on the earth.

The wicked backslide from the womb;
    liars go astray from birth.
Their venom is like a snake’s venom—
    like a deaf cobra’s—one that shuts its ears
        so it can’t hear the snake charmer’s voice
        or the spells of a skillful enchanter.

God, break their teeth out of their mouths!
    Tear out the lions’ jawbones, Lord!
Let them dissolve like water flowing away.
    When they bend the bow,
    let their arrows be like headless shafts.[d]
Like the snail that dissolves into slime,
    like a woman’s stillborn child,
    let them never see the sun.
Before your pots feel the thorns,
    whether green or burned up,
    God will sweep them away![e]

10 But the righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done,
    when they wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then it will be said:
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
    Yes, there is a God who judges people on the earth.”

Psalm 59

For the music leader. Do not destroy. A miktam[f] of David, when Saul sent men to watch the house in order to kill him.

59 Oh, my God, deliver me from my enemies;
    put me out of reach from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from evildoers;
    save me from the bloodthirsty.
Look at how they lie in ambush for my life!
    Powerful people are attacking me, Lord
        but not because of any error or sin of mine.
    They run and take their stand—
        but not because of any fault of mine.

Get up when I cry out to you!
    Look at what’s happening!
You are the Lord God of heavenly forces,
    the God of Israel!
Wake up and punish all the nations!
    Grant no mercy to any wicked traitor! Selah

They come back every evening,
    growling like dogs,
    prowling around the city.
See what they belch out with their mouths:
    swords are between their lips!
        Who can listen to them?[g]
But you, Lord, laugh at them.
    You mock all the nations.
I keep looking for you, my strength,
    because God is my stronghold.
10 My loving God will come to meet me.
    God will allow me to look down on my enemies.

11 Don’t kill them, or my people might forget;
    instead, by your power
    shake them up and bring them down,
        you who are our shield and my Lord.
12 For the sin of their mouths,
    the words that they speak,
    let them be captured in their pride.
For the curses and lies they repeat,
13         finish them off in anger;
        finish them off until they are gone!
Then let it be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob. Selah

14 They come back every evening,
    growling like dogs,
    prowling around the city.
15 They roam about for food,
    and if they don’t get their fill,
    they stay all night.
16 But me? I will sing of your strength!
    In the morning I will shout out loud
    about your faithful love
        because you have been my stronghold,
        my shelter when I was distraught.
17 I will sing praises to you, my strength,
    because God is my stronghold,
    my loving God.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 57:1 Perhaps inscription
  2. Psalm 57:1 Or my soul
  3. Psalm 58:1 Perhaps inscription
  4. Psalm 58:7 Heb uncertain
  5. Psalm 58:9 Heb uncertain
  6. Psalm 59:1 Perhaps inscription
  7. Psalm 59:7 Heb uncertain
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