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Psalms Chapter 56 - New International Version

1. Psalm 56 For the director of music. To [the tune of] "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A [1] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1. Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.

2. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride.

3. When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

4. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

5. All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me.

6. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life.

7. On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

8. Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll [2] -- are they not in your record?

9. Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.

10. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise--

11. in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

12. I am under vows to you, O God; I will present my thank offerings to you.

13. For you have delivered me [4] from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. [3]

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Footnotes
  • 1: Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew Their eyes bulge with fat
  • 2: The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  • 3: Or Surely the wrath of men brings you praise, and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself
  • 4: Probably the Mediterranean

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