Psalms 59
Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him.
1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
2Deliver me from those who work evil;
from the bloodthirsty save me.
3Even now they lie in wait for my life;
the mighty stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!
5You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Awake to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah
6Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
7There they are, bellowing with their mouths,
with sharp words#59.7 Heb with swords on their lips—
for “Who,” they think,#59.7 Heb lacks they think “will hear us?”
8But you laugh at them, O Lord;
you hold all the nations in derision.
9O my strength, I will watch for you;
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11Do not kill them, or my people may forget;
make them totter by your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.
12For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13consume them in wrath;
consume them until they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob. Selah
14Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
15They roam about for food,
and growl if they do not get their fill.
16But I will sing of your might;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

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