New American Standard Bible

Psalm 59

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.

For the choir director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
[d]Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from those who do iniquity
And save me from men of bloodshed.
For behold, they have [e]set an ambush for my [f]life;
[g]Fierce men [h]launch an attack against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord,
[i]For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
Arouse Yourself to [j]help me, and see!
You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to [k]punish all the nations;
Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. [l]Selah.
They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”
But You, O Lord, laugh at them;
You scoff at all the nations.

Because of [m]his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.
10 [n]My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon [o]my foes.
11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget;
[p]Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.
12 [q]On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses and [r]lies which they utter.
13 [s]Destroy them in wrath, [t]destroy them that they may be no more;
That men may know that God [u]rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
15 They wander about [v]for food
And [w]growl if they are not satisfied.

16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the [x]God who shows me lovingkindness.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 59:1 Lit Do Not Destroy
  2. Psalm 59:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 59:1 1 Sam 19:11
  4. Psalm 59:1 Or May You put me in an inaccessibly high place
  5. Psalm 59:3 Or lain in wait
  6. Psalm 59:3 Lit soul
  7. Psalm 59:3 Or Strong
  8. Psalm 59:3 Or stir up strife
  9. Psalm 59:4 Lit Without guilt
  10. Psalm 59:4 Lit meet
  11. Psalm 59:5 Lit visit
  12. Psalm 59:5 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  13. Psalm 59:9 Many mss and some ancient versions read My strength
  14. Psalm 59:10 Many mss and some ancient versions read The God of my lovingkindness
  15. Psalm 59:10 Lit those who lie in wait for me
  16. Psalm 59:11 Or Make them wander
  17. Psalm 59:12 Or The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips,
  18. Psalm 59:12 Lit lying
  19. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  20. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  21. Psalm 59:13 Or is Ruler
  22. Psalm 59:15 Or to devour
  23. Psalm 59:15 Another reading is tarry all night
  24. Psalm 59:17 Lit God of my lovingkindness

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 59

Psalm 59

For the director of music. A miktam of David when Saul had sent men to watch David’s house. Saul sent the men to kill David. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”

God, save me from my enemies.
    Keep me safe from people who are attacking me.
Save me from those who do evil.
    Save me from people who want to kill me.

See how they hide and wait for me!
    Lord, angry people plan to harm me,
    even though I haven’t hurt them in any way or sinned against them.
I haven’t done anything wrong to them. But they are ready to attack me.
    Rise up and help me! Look at what I’m up against!
Lord God who rules over all, rise up. God of Israel,
    punish all the nations.
Don’t show any mercy to those sinful people
    who have turned against me.

My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs
    that come back to the city in the evening.
    They prowl around the city.
Listen to what pours out of their mouths.
    The words from their lips are like swords.
    They think, “Who can hear us?”
But you laugh at them, Lord.
    You make fun of all those nations.

You give me strength. I look to you.
God, you are like a fort to me. 10     You are my God, and I can depend on you.

God will march out in front of me.
    He will let me look down on those who tell lies about me.
11 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps us safe.
    Don’t kill my enemies all at once.
    If you do, my people will forget about it.
Use your power to pull my enemies up by the roots like weeds.
    Destroy them.
12 They have sinned with their mouths.
    Their lips have spoken evil words.
They have cursed me and lied.
    Let them be caught in their pride.
13 Burn them up in your anger.
    Burn them up until there isn’t anything left of them.
Then everyone from one end of the earth to the other will know
    that God rules over the people of Jacob.

14 My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs
    that come back into the city in the evening.
    They prowl around the city.
15 They wander around looking for food.
    They groan if they don’t find something that will satisfy them.
16 But I will sing about your strength.
    In the morning I will sing about your love.
You are like a fort to me.
    You keep me safe in times of trouble.

17 You give me strength. I sing praise to you.
    God, you are like a fort to me. You are my God, and I can depend on you.