57 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 1 a prayer 2 of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave. 3
Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me!
For in you I have taken shelter. 4
In the shadow of your wings 5 I take shelter
until trouble passes.
2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, 6
to the God who vindicates 7 me.
3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me 8
from my enemies who hurl insults! 9 (Selah)
May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
4 I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down 10 among those who want to devour me; 11
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are a sharp sword. 12
5 Rise up 13 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 14
6 They have prepared a net to trap me; 15
I am discouraged. 16
They have dug a pit for me. 17
They will fall 18 into it! (Selah)
7 I am determined, 19 O God! I am determined!
I will sing and praise you!
8 Awake, my soul! 20
Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!
I will wake up at dawn! 21
9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master!
I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 22
10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, 23
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
11 Rise up 24 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 25
58 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 1 a prayer 2 of David.
Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 3
Do you judge people 4 fairly?
2 No! 5 You plan how to do what is unjust; 6
you deal out violence in the earth. 7
3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 8
liars go astray as soon as they are born. 9
4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 10
like a deaf serpent 11 that does not hear, 12
5 that does not respond to 13 the magicians,
or to a skilled snake-charmer.
6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths!
Smash the jawbones of the lions, O Lord!
7 Let them disappear 14 like water that flows away! 15
Let them wither like grass! 16
8 Let them be 17 like a snail that melts away as it moves along! 18
Let them be like 19 stillborn babies 20 that never see the sun!
9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 21
he 22 will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat. 23
10 The godly 24 will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then 25 observers 26 will say,
“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 27
Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 28 in the earth!”
59 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 1 a prayer 2 of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him. 3
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
Protect me 4 from those who attack me! 5
2 Deliver me from evildoers! 6
Rescue me from violent men! 7
3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 8
powerful men stalk 9 me,
but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord. 10
4 Though I have done nothing wrong, 11 they are anxious to attack. 12
Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 13
5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior, 14 the God of Israel,
rouse yourself and punish 15 all the nations!
Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)
6 They return in the evening;
they growl 16 like a dog
and prowl around outside 17 the city.
7 Look, they hurl insults at me
and openly threaten to kill me, 18
for they say, 19
8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; 20
you taunt 21 all the nations.
9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 22
For God is my refuge. 23
10 The God who loves me will help me; 24
God will enable me to triumph over 25 my enemies. 26
11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,
because then my people might forget the lesson. 27
Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,
O Lord who shields us! 28
12 They speak sinful words. 29
So let them be trapped by their own pride
and by the curses and lies they speak!
13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!
Let them know that God rules
in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
14 They return in the evening;
they growl 30 like a dog
and prowl around outside 31 the city.
15 They wander around looking for something to eat;
they refuse to sleep until they are full. 32
16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;
I will praise your loyal love in the morning.
For you are my refuge 33
and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 34
17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 35
For God is my refuge, 36 the God who loves me. 37