King James Version

Psalm 56

1Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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.