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Psalm 59

The Assured Judgment of the Wicked

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“Do Not Destroy.” a Michtam of David aWhen Saul Sent Men, and They Watched the House in Order to Kill Him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;

2Defend me from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,

And save me from bloodthirsty men.

3 For look, they lie in wait for my life;

bThe mighty gather against me,

Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.

4 They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

cAwake to help me, and behold!

5 You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,

Awake to punish all the 3nations;

Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.


6 dAt evening they return,

They growl like a dog,

And go all around the city.

7 Indeed, they belch with their mouth;

eSwords are in their lips;

For they say, f“Who hears?”

8 But gYou, O Lord, shall laugh at them;

You shall have all the 4nations in derision.

9 I will wait for You, O You 5his Strength;

hFor God is my 6defense.

10 7My God of mercy shall icome to meet me;

God shall let jme see my desire on my enemies.

11 Do not slay them, lest my people forget;

Scatter them by Your power,

And bring them down,

O Lord our shield.

12 kFor the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,

Let them even be taken in their pride,

And for the cursing and lying which they speak.

13 lConsume them in wrath, consume them,

That they may not be;

And mlet them know that God rules in Jacob

To the ends of the earth.


14 And nat evening they return,

They growl like a dog,

And go all around the city.

15 They owander up and down for food,

And 8howl if they are not satisfied.

16 But I will sing of Your power;

Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;

For You have been my defense

And refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 To You, pO my Strength, I will sing praises;

For God is my defense,

My God of mercy.


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