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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.

Amplified Bible

Psalm 59

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.

To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David, [a record of memorable thoughts] when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Set me securely on an inaccessibly high place away from those who rise up against me.

Deliver me from those who practice wrongdoing,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

Look! They lie in wait for my life;
Fierce and powerful men [are uniting together to] launch an attack against me,
Not for my wrongdoing nor for any sin of mine, O Lord.

They run and set themselves against me though there is no guilt in me;
Stir Yourself to meet and help me, and see [what they are doing]!

You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Arise to punish all the nations;
Spare no one and do not be merciful to any who treacherously plot evil. Selah.

They return at evening, they howl and snarl like dogs,
And go [prowling] around the city.

Look how they belch out [insults] with their mouths;
Swords [of sarcasm, ridicule, slander, and lies] are in their lips,
For they say, “Who hears us?”

But You, O Lord, will laugh at them [in scorn];
You scoff at and deride all the nations.


O [God] my strength, I will watch for You;
For God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower].
10 
My God in His [steadfast] lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly on my enemies [who lie in wait for me].
11 
Do not kill them, or my people will forget;
Scatter them and make them wander [endlessly] back and forth by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord our shield!
12 
For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
Let them even be trapped in their pride,
And on account of the curses and lies which they tell.
13 
Destroy them in wrath, destroy them so that they may be no more;
Let them know that God rules over Jacob (Israel)
To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 
They return at evening, they howl and snarl like dogs,
And go [prowling] around the city.
15 
They wander around for food [to devour]
And growl all night if they are not satisfied.

16 
But as for me, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power;
Yes, I will sing joyfully of Your lovingkindness in the morning;
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 
To You, O [God] my strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower], the God who shows me [steadfast] lovingkindness.