Amplified Bible

Psalm 56

Supplication for Rescue and Grateful Trust in God.

To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Silent Dove Among Those Far Away.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts] when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled on me;
All day long the adversary oppresses and torments me.

My enemies have trampled upon me all day long,
For they are many who fight proudly against me.

When I am afraid,
I will put my trust and faith in You.

In God, whose word I praise;
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not fear.
What can mere man do to me?

All day long they twist my words and say hurtful things;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.

They attack, they hide and lurk,
They watch my steps,
As they have [expectantly] waited to take my life.

Cast them out because of their wickedness.
In anger bring down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?

Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will give thank offerings to You.
For You have rescued my soul from death,
Yes, and my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of life.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 56

Psalm 56

For the director of music. A miktam of David after the Philistines had captured him in Gath. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oak Trees.”

Help me, God. Men are chasing me.
    All day long they keep attacking me.
My enemies chase me all day long.
    Many proud people are attacking me.

When I’m afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
I trust in God. I praise his word.
    I trust in God. I am not afraid.
    What can mere people do to me?

All day long they twist my words.
    They are always making plans to destroy me.
They get together and hide.
    They watch my steps.
    They hope to kill me.

Because they are so evil, make sure you don’t let them escape.
    God, bring down the nations in your anger.
Make a record of my sadness.
    List my tears in your book.
    Aren’t you making a record of them?

My enemies will turn back
    when I call out to you for help.
    Then I will know that God is on my side.
10 I trust in God. I praise his word.
    I trust in the Lord. I praise his word.
11 I trust in God. I am not afraid.
    What can mere people do to me?

12 God, I have made promises to you.
    I will bring my thank offerings to you.
13 You have saved me from the darkness of death.
    You have kept me from tripping and falling.
Now I can live with you
    in the light of life.