New International Version - UK

Psalm 54

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, ‘Is not David hiding among us?’

Save me, O God, by your name;
    vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me –
    people without regard for God.[c]

Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
You have delivered me from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

  1. Psalm 54:1 In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.
  2. Psalm 54:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 54:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 54

Psalm 54

For the director of music. To be played on stringed instruments. A maskil of David when the men from Ziph had gone to Saul. They had said, “Isn’t David hiding among us?”

God, save me by your power.
    Set me free by your might.
God, hear my prayer.
    Listen to what I’m saying.

Enemies who are proud are attacking me.
    Mean people are trying to kill me.
    They don’t care about God.

But I know that God helps me.
    The Lord is the one who keeps me going.

My enemies tell lies about me.
    Do to them the evil things they planned against me.
    God, be faithful and destroy them.

I will sacrifice an offering to you
    just because I choose to.
Lord, I will praise your name
    because it is good.
You have saved me from all my troubles.
    With my own eyes I have seen you win the battle over my enemies.