Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.
For the choir director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when he fled from Saul in the cave.
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who [d]tramples upon me. [e]Selah.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His [f]truth.
My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows
And their tongue a sharp sword.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.
They have [g]prepared a net for my steps;
My soul is bowed down;
They dug a pit before me;
They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
- Psalm 57:1 Lit Do Not Destroy
- Psalm 57:1 Possibly, Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
- Psalm 57:1 1 Sam 22:1; 24:3
- Psalm 57:3 Or snaps at
- Psalm 57:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
- Psalm 57:3 Or faithfulness
- Psalm 57:6 Or spread