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.
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 may… path; 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.”
591Save me from my enemies, my God;
protect me from those who attack me!
2Save me from those evil people;
rescue me from those murderers!
3Look! They are waiting to kill me;
cruel people are gathering against me.
It is not because of any sin or wrong I have done,
4nor because of any fault of mine, O LORD,
that they hurry to their places.
5Rise, LORD God Almighty, and come to my aid;
see for yourself, God of Israel!
Wake up and punish the heathen;
show no mercy to evil traitors!
6They come back in the evening,
snarling like dogs as they go about the city.
7Listen to their insults and threats.
Their tongues are like swords in their mouths,
yet they think that no one hears them.
8But you laugh at them, LORD;
you mock all the heathen.
9I have confidence in your strength;
you are my refuge, O God.
10My God loves me and will come to me;
he will let me see my enemies defeated.
11Do not kill them, O God, or my people may forget.
Scatter them by your strength and defeat them,
O Lord, our protector.
12Sin is on their lips; all their words are sinful;
may they be caught in their pride!
Because they curse and lie,
13destroy them in your anger;
destroy them completely.
Then everyone will know that God rules in Israel,
that his rule extends over all the earth.
14My enemies come back in the evening,
snarling like dogs as they go about the city,
15like dogs roaming about for food
and growling if they do not find enough.
16But I will sing about your strength;
every morning I will sing aloud of your constant love.
You have been a refuge for me,
a shelter in my time of trouble.
17I will praise you, my defender.
My refuge is God,
the God who loves me.