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.

New International Version - UK

Psalm 59

Psalm 59[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy’. Of David. A miktam.[b] When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
Deliver me from evildoers
    and save me from those who are after my blood.

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire against me
    for no offence or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.[c]

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths –
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,
    and they think, ‘Who can hear us?’
But you laugh at them, Lord;
    you scoff at all those nations.

You are my strength, I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
10     my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
    and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[d]
    or my people will forget.
In your might uproot them
    and bring them down.
12 For the sins of their mouths,
    for the words of their lips,
    let them be caught in their pride.
For the curses and lies they utter,
13     consume them in your wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob.

14 They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food
    and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 59:1 In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
  2. Psalm 59:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 59:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
  4. Psalm 59:11 Or sovereign