To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
1 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.* Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not† Michtam: or, A golden Psalm‡ defend…: Heb. set me on high
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.§ help: Heb. meet
5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.** defence: Heb. high place
10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.†† enemies: Heb. observers
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.‡‡ for meat: Heb. to eat§§ and grudge…: or, if they be not satisfied, then they will stay all night
16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
*59.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not
†59.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
‡59.1 defend…: Heb. set me on high
§59.4 help: Heb. meet
**59.9 defence: Heb. high place
††59.10 enemies: Heb. observers
‡‡59.15 for meat: Heb. to eat
§§59.15 and grudge…: or, if they be not satisfied, then they will stay all night
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