Psalm 57:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave. Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be 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.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. 'Destroy not.' Of David. Michtam; when he fled from Saul in the cave.} Be gracious unto me, O God, be gracious unto me; for my soul taketh refuge in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings do I take refuge, until the calamities be overpast.

World English Bible
Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you. Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, until disaster has passed.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- 'Destroy not.' -- A secret treasure of David, in his fleeing from the face of Saul into a cave. Favour me, O God, favour me, For in Thee is my soul trusting, And in the shadow of Thy wings I trust, Until the calamities pass over.

Psalm 57:1 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Be merciful unto me - To show David's deep earnestness, he repeats this twice; he was in great danger, surrounded by implacable enemies, and he knew that God alone could deliver him.

My soul trusteth in thee - I put my life into thy hand; and my immortal spirit knows no other portion than thyself.

In the shadow of thy wings - A metaphor taken from the brood of a hen taking shelter under her wings when they see a bird of prey; and there they continue to hide themselves till their evemy disappears. In a storm, or tempest of rain, the mother covers them with her wings to afford them shelter and defense. This the psalmist has particularly in view, as the following words show: "Until these calamities be overpast."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A.M.

2943 B.C.

1061 (Title.) Al-tas-chith. or, destroy not. A golden Psalm. This Psalm is supposed to have been called al tashcheth, or `destroy not,' because David thus addressed one his followers when about to kill Saul in the cave; and michtam, or 'golden' because written, or worthy to be written, in gold.

Psalm 58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men?

Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.

when

Psalm 142:1 I cried to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD did I make my supplication.

1 Samuel 22:1 David therefore departed there, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brothers and all his father's house heard it...

1 Samuel 24:3,8 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet...

be

Psalm 56:1 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresses me.

Psalm 69:13-16 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of your mercy hear me...

Psalm 119:76,77 Let, I pray you, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant...

should

Psalm 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, LORD, have not forsaken them that seek you.

Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his servant, that walks in darkness, and has no light?...

shadow

Psalm 17:7,8 Show your marvelous loving kindness...

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 61:4 I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of your wings. Selah.

Psalm 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.

Psalm 91:1,4,9 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you are come to trust.

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you...

until

Isaiah 10:25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and my anger in their destruction.

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment...

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful...

James 5:10,11 Take, my brothers, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience...

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes...

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying...

Library
June 5. "My Heart is Fixed, O God" (Ps. Lvii. 7).
"My heart is fixed, O God" (Ps. lvii. 7). We do not always feel joyful, but we are always to count it joy. This word reckon is one of the keywords of Scripture. It is the same word used about our being dead. We are painfully conscious of something which would gladly return to life. But we are to treat ourselves as dead, and neither fear nor obey the old nature. So we are to reckon the thing that comes a blessing; we are determined to rejoice, to say, "My heart is fixed, Lord; I will sing and give
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Strong Faith in a Faithful God
DAVID was in the cave of Adullam. He had fled from Saul, his remorseless foe; and had found shelter in the clefts of the rock. In the beginning of this psalm he rings the alarm-bell, and very loud is the sound of it. "Be merciful unto me," and then the clapper hits the other side of the bell. "Be merciful unto me." He utters his misery again and again. "My soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast." Thus he solaces himself by
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 61: 1915

Cross References
Ruth 2:12
May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."

1 Samuel 22:1
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there.

1 Samuel 24:3
He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.

Psalm 2:12
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

Psalm 24:3
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?

Psalm 34:22
The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Jump to Previous
Al-Taschith Al-Tashheth Calamities Cave Chief Choirmaster David Destroy Destruction Disaster Fled Leader Merciful Miktam Musician Passed Passes Poem Psalm Refuge Saul Shadow Soul Trusteth Tune Wings
Jump to Next
Al-Taschith Al-Tashheth Calamities Cave Chief Choirmaster David Destroy Destruction Disaster Fled Leader Merciful Miktam Musician Passed Passes Poem Psalm Refuge Saul Shadow Soul Trusteth Tune Wings
Links
Psalm 57:1 NIV
Psalm 57:1 NLT
Psalm 57:1 ESV
Psalm 57:1 NASB
Psalm 57:1 KJV

Psalm 57:1 Bible Apps
Psalm 57:1 Biblia Paralela
Psalm 57:1 Chinese Bible
Psalm 57:1 French Bible
Psalm 57:1 German Bible

Psalm 57:1 Commentaries

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.

Bible Hub
Psalm 56:13
Top of Page
Top of Page