Good News Translation (GNB)
56

A Prayer of Trust in GodPs 56 Hebrew title: A psalm by David, after the Philistines captured him in Gath.
56 Title:
1 Sam 21.13–15

561Be merciful to me, O God,

because I am under attack;

my enemies persecute me all the time.

2All day long my opponents attack me.

There are so many who fight against me.

3When I am afraid, O LORD Almighty,

I put my trust in you.

4I trust in God and am not afraid;

I praise him for what he has promised.

What can a mere human being do to me?

5My enemies make trouble for me all day long;

they are always planning how to hurt me!

6They gather in hiding places

and watch everything I do,

hoping to kill me.

7Punish56.7 Probable text Punish; Hebrew Save. them, O God, for their evil;

defeat those people in your anger!

8You know how troubled I am;

you have kept a record of my tears.

Aren't they listed in your book?

9The day I call to you,

my enemies will be turned back.

I know this: God56.9 I know this: God; or Because I know that God. is on my side —

10the LORD, whose promises I praise.

11In him I trust, and I will not be afraid.

What can a mere human being do to me?

12O God, I will offer you what I have promised;

I will give you my offering of thanksgiving,

13because you have rescued me from death

and kept me from defeat.

And so I walk in the presence of God,

in the light that shines on the living.

57

A Prayer for HelpPs 57 Hebrew title: A psalm by David, after he fled from Saul in the cave.
57 Title:
1 Sam 22.1
24.3

571Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful,

because I come to you for safety.

In the shadow of your wings I find protection

until the raging storms are over.

2I call to God, the Most High,

to God, who supplies my every need.

3He will answer from heaven and save me;

he will defeat my oppressors.

God will show me his constant love and faithfulness.

4I am surrounded by enemies,

who are like lions hungry for human flesh.

Their teeth are like spears and arrows;

their tongues are like sharp swords.

5Show your greatness in the sky, O God,

and your glory over all the earth.

6My enemies have spread a net to catch me;

I am overcome with distress.

They dug a pit in my path,

but fell into it themselves.

7I have complete confidence, O God;

I will sing and praise you!

8Wake up, my soul!

Wake up, my harp and lyre!

I will wake up the sun.

9I will thank you, O Lord, among the nations.

I will praise you among the peoples.

10Your constant love reaches the heavens;

your faithfulness touches the skies.

11Show your greatness in the sky, O God,

and your glory over all the earth.

58

A Prayer for God to Punish the WickedPs 58 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

581Do you rulers58.1 rulers; or gods. ever give a just decision?

Do you judge everyone fairly?

2No! You think only of the evil you can do,

and commit crimes of violence in the land.

3Evildoers go wrong all their lives;

they tell lies from the day they are born.

4They are full of poison like snakes;

they stop up their ears like a deaf cobra,

5which does not hear the voice of the snake charmer,

or the chant of the clever magician.

6Break the teeth of these fierce lions, O God.

7May they disappear like water draining away;

may they be crushed like weeds on a path.58.7 Probable text maypath; Hebrew unclear.

8May they be like snails that dissolve into slime;

may they be like a baby born dead that never sees the light.

9Before they know it, they are cut down like weeds;

in his fierce anger God will blow them away

while they are still living.58.9 Verse 9 in Hebrew is unclear.

10The righteous will be glad when they see sinners punished;

they will wade through the blood of the wicked.

11People will say, “The righteous are indeed rewarded;

there is indeed a God who judges the world.”