New Living Translation

Psalm 59

Psalm 59

For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David’s house in order to kill him. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
    Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
Rescue me from these criminals;
    save me from these murderers.
They have set an ambush for me.
    Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord,
    though I have not sinned or offended them.
I have done nothing wrong,
    yet they prepare to attack me.
    Wake up! See what is happening and help me!
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel,
    wake up and punish those hostile nations.
    Show no mercy to wicked traitors. Interlude

They come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths;
    their words cut like swords.
    “After all, who can hear us?” they sneer.
But Lord, you laugh at them.
    You scoff at all the hostile nations.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
    He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies.
13 Destroy them in your anger!
    Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
    that God reigns in Israel.[b] Interlude

14 My enemies come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
15 They scavenge for food
    but go to sleep unsatisfied.[c]

16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.

Notas al pie

  1. 59:Title Hebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 59:13 Hebrew in Jacob. See note on 44:4.
  3. 59:15 Or and growl if they don’t get enough.

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.