Good News Translation (GNB)

A Prayer for SafetyPs 59 Hebrew title: A psalm by David, after Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.
59 Title:
1 Sam 19.11

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.


A Prayer for DeliverancePs 60 Hebrew title: A psalm by David, for teaching, when he fought against the Arameans from Naharaim and from Zobah, and Joab turned back and killed 12,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
60 Title:
2 Sam 8.13
1 Chr 18.12

601You have rejected us, God, and defeated us;

you have been angry with us — but now turn back to us.60.1 angry with usus; or angry with us and turned your back on us.

2You have made the land tremble, and you have cut it open;

now heal its wounds, because it is falling apart.

3You have made your people suffer greatly;

we stagger around as though we were drunk.

4You have warned those who show you reverence,

so that they might escape destruction.

5Save us by your might; answer our prayer,

so that the people you love may be rescued.

6From his sanctuary60.6 From his sanctuary; or In his holiness. God has said,

“In triumph I will divide Shechem

and distribute the Valley of Sukkoth to my people.

7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh too;

Ephraim is my helmet

and Judah my royal sceptre.

8But I will use Moab as my washbasin

and I will throw my sandals on Edom,

as a sign that I own it.

Did the Philistines think they would shout in triumph over me?”

9Who, O God, will take me into the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

10Have you really rejected us?

Aren't you going to march out with our armies?

11Help us against the enemy;

human help is worthless.

12With God on our side we will win;

he will defeat our enemies.


A Prayer for ProtectionPs 61 Hebrew title: By David.

611Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer!

2In despair and far from home

I call to you!

Take me to a safe refuge,

3for you are my protector,

my strong defence against my enemies.

4Let me live in your sanctuary all my life;

let me find safety under your wings.

5You have heard my promises, O God,

and you have given me what belongs to those who honour you.

6Add many years to the king's life;

let him live on and on!

7May he rule for ever in your presence, O God;

protect him with your constant love and faithfulness.

8So I will always sing praises to you,

as I offer you daily what I have promised.