Bible: Psalm 59:1-17

Psalm 59 1 

59:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2  a prayer 3  of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him. 4 

Deliver me from my enemies, my God!

Protect me 5  from those who attack me! 6 

59:2 Deliver me from evildoers! 7 

Rescue me from violent men! 8 

59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 9 

powerful men stalk 10  me,

but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord. 11 

59:4 Though I have done nothing wrong, 12  they are anxious to attack. 13 

Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 14 

59:5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior, 15  the God of Israel,

rouse yourself and punish 16  all the nations!

Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)

59:6 They return in the evening;

they growl 17  like a dog

and prowl around outside 18  the city.

59:7 Look, they hurl insults at me

and openly threaten to kill me, 19 

for they say, 20 

“Who hears?

59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; 21 

you taunt 22  all the nations.

59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 23 

For God is my refuge. 24 

59:10 The God who loves me will help me; 25 

God will enable me to triumph over 26  my enemies. 27 

59:11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,

because then my people might forget the lesson. 28 

Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,

O Lord who shields us! 29 

59:12 They speak sinful words. 30 

So let them be trapped by their own pride

and by the curses and lies they speak!

59:13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!

Let them know that God rules

in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)

59:14 They return in the evening;

they growl 31  like a dog

and prowl around outside 32  the city.

59:15 They wander around looking for something to eat;

they refuse to sleep until they are full. 33 

59:16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;

I will praise your loyal love in the morning.

For you are my refuge 34 

and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 35 

59:17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 36 

For God is my refuge, 37  the God who loves me. 38 

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