Psalm 56
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Pleading for Help and Grateful Trust in God.

For the music director; according to [a]Jonath elem rehokim. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1Be gracious to me, God, for a man has [d]trampled upon me;

[e]Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

2My enemies have trampled upon me all day long,

For [f]they are many who fight proudly against me.

3[g]When I am afraid,

[h]I will put my trust in You.

4In God, whose word I praise,

In God I have put my trust;

I shall not be afraid.

What can mere [i]mortals do to me?

5All day long they distort my words;

All their [j]thoughts are against me for evil.

6They [k]attack, they lurk,

They watch my [l]steps,

As they have waited to take my [m]life.

7Because of their wickedness, will there be an escape for them?

In anger make the peoples fall down, God!

8You have taken account of my [n]miseries;

Put my tears in Your bottle.

Are they not in Your book?

9Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call;

This I know, [o]that God is for me.

10In God, whose word I praise,

In the LORD, whose word I praise,

11In God I have put my [p]trust, I shall not be afraid.

What can mankind do to me?

12Your vows are binding upon me, God;

I will render thanksgiving offerings to You.

13For You have saved my soul from death,

[q]Indeed my feet from stumbling,

So that I may walk before God

In the light of the [r]living.

[a] PSALM 56Title Or The silent dove of those who are far off; or The dove of the distant terebinths
[b] PSALM 56Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem; or Atonement Psalm
[c] PSALM 56Title 1 Sam 21:10, 11
[d] 1 Or snapped at
[e] 1 Or A fighting man
[f] 2 Or many are fighting
[g] 3 Lit The day
[h] 3 Or I am one who puts
[i] 4 Lit flesh
[j] 5 Or purposes
[k] 6 Or stir up strife
[l] 6 Lit heels
[m] 6 Lit soul
[n] 8 Or wanderings
[o] 9 Or because
[p] 11 Or trust without fear
[q] 13 Or Have You not delivered
[r] 13 Or life

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