God Our Stronghold

For the choir director: "Do Not Destroy." A Davidic Miktam. When Saul sent [agents] to watch the house and kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.

References for Psalms 59:1

    • a 59:1 - Ps 143:9
    • b 59:1 - Ps 18:17; 91:14; 2 Sm 22:18
      2 Deliver me from those who practice sin, and save me from men of bloodshed.
      3 Lord, look! They set an ambush for me. Powerful men attack me, but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.

      References for Psalms 59:3

        • c 59:3 - 1 Sm 20:1; 24:11
          4 For no fault of mine, they run and take up a position. Awake to help me, and take notice.
          5 You, Lord God of Hosts, God of Israel, rise up to punish all the nations; do not show grace to any wicked traitors. Selah
          6 They return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowling around the city.
          7 Look, they spew from their mouths- sharp words from their lips. "For who," [they say,] "will hear?"

          References for Psalms 59:7

            • d 59:7 - Lit swords are on
            • e 59:7 - Ps 52:2; 57:4; 64:3
              8 But You laugh at them, Lord; You ridicule all the nations.

              References for Psalms 59:8

                • f 59:8 - Ps 2:4; 37:13
                  9 I will keep watch for You, my strength, because God is my stronghold.

                  References for Psalms 59:9

                    • g 59:9 - Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg; other Hb mss read his
                      10 My faithful God will come to meet me; God will let me look down on my adversaries.

                      References for Psalms 59:10

                        • h 59:10 - Alt Hb traditions read God in His faithful love, or My God, His faithful love
                          11 Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget. By Your power, make them homeless wanderers and bring them down, Lord, our shield.

                          References for Psalms 59:11

                            • i 59:11 - Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; 2 Sm 22:3,31
                              12 The sin of their mouths is the word of their lips, so let them be caught in their pride. They utter curses and lies.
                              13 Consume [them] in rage; consume [them] until they are gone. Then they will know to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob. Selah

                              References for Psalms 59:13

                                  14 And they return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowling around the city.
                                  15 They scavenge for food; they growl if they are not satisfied.
                                  16 But I will sing of Your strength and will joyfully proclaim Your faithful love in the morning. For You have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble.

                                  References for Psalms 59:16

                                    • k 59:16 - Ps 5:3; 88:13; 92:2
                                      17 To You, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold- my faithful God.