New American Standard Bible

Psalm 56

Supplication for Deliverance and Grateful Trust in God.

For the choir director; according to [a]Jonath elem rehokim. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1Be gracious to me, O God, for man has [d]trampled upon me;
[e]Fighting all day long he oppresses me.
My foes have [f]trampled upon me all day long,
For [g]they are many who fight proudly against me.
[h]When I am afraid,
[i]I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere [j]man do to me?
All day long they [k]distort my words;
All their [l]thoughts are against me for evil.
They [m]attack, they lurk,
They watch my [n]steps,
As they have waited to take my [o]life.
Because of wickedness, [p]cast them forth,
In anger put down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, [q]that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 In God I have put my [r]trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered my soul from death,
[s]Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the [t]living.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 56:1 Or The silent dove of those who are far off, or, The dove of the distant terebinths
  2. Psalm 56:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 56:1 1 Sam 21:10, 11
  4. Psalm 56:1 Or snapped at
  5. Psalm 56:1 Or A fighting man
  6. Psalm 56:2 Or snapped at
  7. Psalm 56:2 Or many are fighting
  8. Psalm 56:3 Lit In the day
  9. Psalm 56:3 Or I am one who puts
  10. Psalm 56:4 Lit flesh
  11. Psalm 56:5 Or trouble my affairs
  12. Psalm 56:5 Or purposes
  13. Psalm 56:6 Or stir up strife
  14. Psalm 56:6 Lit heels
  15. Psalm 56:6 Lit soul
  16. Psalm 56:7 Or will they have escape?
  17. Psalm 56:9 Or because
  18. Psalm 56:11 Or trust without fear
  19. Psalm 56:13 Or have You not delivered
  20. Psalm 56:13 Or life

The Message

Psalm 56

A David Psalm, When He Was Captured by the Philistines in Gath

11-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
    stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
    but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
    to beat me up.
When I get really afraid
    I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
    fearless now, I trust in God.
    What can mere mortals do?

5-6 They don’t let up—
    they smear my reputation
    and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
    sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
    wait their chance to get me.

Pay them back in evil!
    Get angry, God!
    Down with these people!

You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
    through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
    each ache written in your book.

If my enemies run away,
    turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
    that God is on my side.

10-11 I’m proud to praise God,
    proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
    what can mere mortals do to me?

12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.