Psalms 59
Psalm 59
God Our Stronghold
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him.#1Sm 19:11
1Rescue me from my enemies, my God;#Ps 143:9
protect me from those who rise up against me.#2Sm 22:18; Ps 18:17; 91:14
2Rescue me from those who practice sin,
and save me from men of bloodshed.#Ps 5:6; 17:7
3Because look, Lord, they set an ambush for me.#Pr 1:11,18
Powerful men attack me,
but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.#1Sm 20:1; 24:11
4For no fault of mine,
they run and take up a position.
Awake to help me, and take notice.#Ps 7:3-4; 69:4
5 Lord God of Armies, you are the God of Israel.
Rise up to punish all the nations;
do not show favor to any wicked traitors.#Jr 18:23Selah
6They return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.#Ps 22:16
7Look, they spew from their mouths —
sharp words from#59:7 Lit swords are on their lips.#Ps 52:2; 57:4; 64:3
“For who,” they say, “will hear?” #Ps 73:11
8But you laugh at them, Lord;
you ridicule all the nations.#Ps 2:4; 37:13
9I will keep watch for you, my#59:9 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg; other Hb mss read his strength,
because God is my stronghold.#Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19
10My faithful God#59:10 Alt Hb tradition reads My God in his faithful love will come to meet me;
God will let me look down on my adversaries.#Ps 54:7
11Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget.
By your power, make them homeless wanderers#Hs 9:17
and bring them down,
Lord, our shield.#Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; 2Sm 22:3,31; Ps 3:3; 5:12; 18:2; 28:7; 119:114
12For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
They utter curses and lies.#Ps 10:7; Pr 12:13
13Consume them in rage;
consume them until they are gone.#Ps 104:35
Then people will know throughout#59:13 Lit know to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob.#Ps 83:18Selah
14And they return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.#Ps 22:16
15They scavenge for food;
they growl if they are not satisfied.#Jb 15:23; Ps 109:10
16But I will sing of your strength
and will joyfully proclaim
your faithful love in the morning.#Ps 5:3; 88:13; 92:2
For you have been a stronghold for me,
a refuge in my day of trouble.#Is 25:4; Nah 1:7
17To you, my strength, I sing praises,
because God is my stronghold —
my faithful God.#Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19

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