New International Version

Psalm 56

Psalm 56[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.[b] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Be merciful to me, my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
    all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
    in their pride many are attacking me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
    they watch my steps,
    hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll[d]
    are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
    when I call for help.
    By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.
  2. Psalm 56:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 56:7 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not.
  4. Psalm 56:8 Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin

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.