New International Version - UK

Psalm 57

Psalm 57[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy’. Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me – [c]
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts –
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet –
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path –
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

  1. Psalm 57:1 In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.
  2. Psalm 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 57:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 57

Psalm 57

For the director of music. A miktam of David when he had run away from Saul into the cave. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”

Have mercy on me, God. Have mercy on me.
    I go to you for safety.
I will find safety in the shadow of your wings.
    There I will stay until the danger is gone.

I cry out to God Most High.
    I cry out to God, and he shows that I am right.
He answers from heaven and saves me.
    He puts to shame those who chase me.
    He shows his love and that he is faithful.

Men who are like lions are all around me.
    I am forced to lie down among people who are like hungry animals.
Their teeth are like spears and arrows.
    Their tongues are like sharp swords.

God, may you be honored above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over the whole earth.

My enemies spread a net to catch me by the feet.
    I felt helpless.
They dug a pit in my path.
    But they fell into it themselves.

God, my heart feels secure.
    My heart feels secure.
    I will sing and make music to you.
My spirit, wake up!
    Harp and lyre, wake up!
    I want to sing and make music before the sun rises.

Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
    I will sing about you among the people of the earth.
10 Great is your love. It reaches to the heavens.
    Your truth reaches to the skies.

11 God, may you be honored above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over the whole earth.