To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.
571Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.57.1 Al-taschith: or, Destroy not57.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.57.3 from the…: or, he reproacheth him that
4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.57.7 fixed: or, prepared
8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
581Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?58.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not58.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.58.3 as soon…: Heb. from the belly
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;58.4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc58.4 adder: or, asp
5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.58.5 charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.58.9 both…: Heb. as living as wrath
10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.58.11 a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
591Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.59.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not59.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm59.1 defend…: Heb. set me on high
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.59.4 help: Heb. meet
5Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.59.9 defence: Heb. high place
10The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.59.10 enemies: Heb. observers
11Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.59.15 for meat: Heb. to eat59.15 and grudge…: or, if they be not satisfied, then they will stay all night
16But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.