Psalm 57
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 57*

Confident Prayer for Deliverance

1For the director. Do not destroy.* A miktam of David, when he fled from Saul into a cave.a


2Have mercy on me, God,

have mercy on me.

In you I seek refuge.

In the shadow of your wings* I seek refuge

till harm pass by.b

3I call to God Most High,

to God who provides for me.

4May God send help from heaven to save me,

shame those who trample upon me.

May God send fidelity and mercy.


5I must lie down in the midst of lions

hungry for human prey.c

Their teeth are spears and arrows;

their tongue, a sharpened sword.d

6Be exalted over the heavens, God;

may your glory appear above all the earth.e


7They have set a trap for my feet;

my soul is bowed down;

They have dug a pit before me.

May they fall into it themselves!f


8My heart is steadfast, God,

my heart is steadfast.

I will sing and chant praise.g

9Awake, my soul;

awake, lyre and harp!

I will wake the dawn.*h

10I will praise you among the peoples, Lord;

I will chant your praise among the nations.i

11For your mercy towers to the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.j

12Exalt yourself over the heavens, God;

may your glory appear above all the earth.

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