Psalms 56
Prayer for Deliverance and Confidence in God
For the music director, according to The Silent Dove of Distant Lands.
Of David. A miktam.
When the Philistines seized him in Gath.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Be gracious to me, O God, because humankind has trampled me;
fighting all the day he oppresses me.
2My enemies#Or “lurking foes” trample all day,
because many are attacking me proudly.
3When#Literally “The day” I fear, I trust you.
4God, whose word I praise,
God I trust; I do not fear.
What can mere flesh do to me?
5All day they twist my words;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6They attack,#Or “they stir up strife” they hide, they watch my steps,#Literally “heels”
as they lie in wait for my life.
7Because of iniquity will they escape?
In anger cast down the peoples, O God.
8You have kept count of my wonderings.
Put my tears in your bottle;
are they not in your book?
9Then my enemies will turn back when#Literally “in the day” I call.#i.e., call on God
This I know because#Or “that” God is for me.
10God, whose word I praise,
Yahweh, whose word I praise,
11God I trust; I do not fear.
What can mere humankind do to me?
12My vows to you, O God, are binding upon me.
I will pay thank offerings to you,
13because you have delivered my soul from death.
Have you not kept my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of the living?
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