To the chief Musician upon Jonath-elem-rechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.
561Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.56.1 Michtam…: or, A golden Psalm of David
2Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.56.2 enemies: Heb. observers
3What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.
571Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.57.1 Al-taschith: or, Destroy not57.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.57.3 from the…: or, he reproacheth him that
4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.57.7 fixed: or, prepared
8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
581Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?58.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not58.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.58.3 as soon…: Heb. from the belly
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;58.4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc58.4 adder: or, asp
5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.58.5 charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.58.9 both…: Heb. as living as wrath
10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.58.11 a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc