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Psalm 56 World English Bible (WEB)

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Silent Dove in Distant Lands.” A poem by David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up.
    All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.
My enemies want to swallow me up all day long,
    for they are many who fight proudly against me.
When I am afraid,
    I will put my trust in you.
In God, I praise his word.
    In God, I put my trust.
I will not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?
All day long they twist my words.
    All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They conspire and lurk,
    watching my steps.
    They are eager to take my life.
Shall they escape by iniquity?
    In anger cast down the peoples, God.
You count my wanderings.
    You put my tears into your container.
    Aren’t they in your book?
Then my enemies shall turn back in the day that I call.
    I know this: that God is for me.
10 In God, I will praise his word.
    In Yahweh, I will praise his word.
11 I have put my trust in God.
    I will not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?
12 Your vows are on me, God.
    I will give thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
    and prevented my feet from falling,
    that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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Psalm 56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.
My foes have [f]trampled upon me all day long,
For [g]they are many who fight proudly against me.
[h]When I am afraid,
[i]I will put my trust in You.
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?
All day long they [k]distort my words;
All their [l]thoughts are against me for evil.
They [m]attack, they lurk,
They watch my [n]steps,
As they have waited to take my [o]life.
Because of wickedness, [p]cast them forth,
In anger put down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
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.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 56:1 Or The silent dove of those who are far off, or, The dove of the distant terebinths
  2. Psalm 56:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 56:1 1 Sam 21:10, 11
  4. Psalm 56:1 Or snapped at
  5. Psalm 56:1 Or A fighting man
  6. Psalm 56:2 Or snapped at
  7. Psalm 56:2 Or many are fighting
  8. Psalm 56:3 Lit In the day
  9. Psalm 56:3 Or I am one who puts
  10. Psalm 56:4 Lit flesh
  11. Psalm 56:5 Or trouble my affairs
  12. Psalm 56:5 Or purposes
  13. Psalm 56:6 Or stir up strife
  14. Psalm 56:6 Lit heels
  15. Psalm 56:6 Lit soul
  16. Psalm 56:7 Or will they have escape?
  17. Psalm 56:9 Or because
  18. Psalm 56:11 Or trust without fear
  19. Psalm 56:13 Or have You not delivered
  20. Psalm 56:13 Or life
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1 Samuel 21:10-12 World English Bible (WEB)

10 David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 The servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David the king of the land? Didn’t they sing to one another about him in dances, saying,

‘Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his ten thousands?’”

12 David laid up these words in his heart, and was very afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

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1 Samuel 21:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Then David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying,

‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?”

12 David took these words [a]to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Samuel 21:12 Lit in his
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