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Psalm 59

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David prays to be delivered from his enemies.   chronological insert: 1 Samuel 19:17  

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A poem by David, when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God.
Set me on high from those who rise up against me.

59:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.
Save me from the bloodthirsty men.

59:3 For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul.
The mighty gather themselves together against me,
not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, Yahweh.

59:4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Rise up, behold, and help me!

59:5 You, Yahweh God of Armies, the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish the nations.
Show no mercy to the wicked traitors.


He complains of their cruelty.

59:6 They return at evening, howling like dogs,
and prowl around the city.

59:7 Behold, they spew with their mouth.
Swords are in their lips,
“For,” they say, “who hears us?”

He trusts in God.

59:8 But you, Yahweh, laugh at them.
You scoff at all the nations.

59:9 Oh, my Strength, I watch for you,
for God is my high tower.

59:10 My God will go before me with his loving kindness.
God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.

He prays against them.

59:11 Don’t kill them, or my people may forget.
Scatter them by your power, and bring them down, Lord our shield.

59:12 For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride,
for the curses and lies which they utter.

59:13 Consume them in wrath.
Consume them, and they will be no more.
Let them know that God rules in Jacob,
to the ends of the earth.


59:14 At evening let them return.
Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.

59:15 They shall wander up and down for food,
and wait all night if they aren’t satisfied.

He praises God.

59:16 But I will sing of your strength.
Yes, I will sing aloud of your loving kindness in the morning.
For you have been my high tower,
a refuge in the day of my distress.

59:17 To you, my strength, I will sing praises.
For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.

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