1 {To the chief Musician. On Jonathelem-rechokim. Of David. Michtam; when the Philistines took him in Gath.} Be gracious unto me, O God; for man would swallow me up: all the day long fighting he oppresseth me.
References for Psalms 56:1
    • a 56:1 - 'The mute dove in the distance,' or 'the dove of the distant terebinths.'
    • b 56:1 - See Ps. 16.
    • c 56:1 - Enosh.
      2 Mine enemies would swallow [me] up all the day long; for they are many that fight against me haughtily.
      References for Psalms 56:2
        • d 56:2 - Strictly, 'pant after me,' like a wild beast thirsting for blood; and so Ps. 57.3; Amos 8.4.
        • e 56:2 - Or 'O Most High!' as Ps. 92.8.
          3 In the day that I am afraid, I will confide in thee.
          4 In God will I praise his word, in God I put my confidence: I will not fear; what can flesh do unto me?
          5 All the day long they wrest my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
          References for Psalms 56:5
            • f 56:5 - Or 'torture.'
              6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul.
              7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God.
              References for Psalms 56:7
                • g 56:7 - Or 'through.'
                  8 *Thou* countest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
                  References for Psalms 56:8
                    • h 56:8 - Or 'recountest.'
                    • i 56:8 - There is a paronomasia in this verse with Nod, 'wandering,' and Nd, 'bottle' (i.e. a leathern sack).
                      9 Then shall mine enemies return backward in the day when I call: this I know, for God is for me.
                      References for Psalms 56:9
                        • j 56:9 - As Ps. 8.2.
                          10 In God will I praise [his] word; in Jehovah will I praise [his] word.
                          11 In God have I put my confidence: I will not fear; what can man do unto me?
                          12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render thanks unto thee.
                          References for Psalms 56:12
                            • k 56:12 - Or 'thank-offerings,' as Lev. 7.12: see 2Chron. 29.31.
                              13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death; [wilt thou] not [keep] my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?