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Psalm 59 (English Standard Version)

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Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

1 1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; 2protect me from those who 3rise up against me; 2 deliver me from 4those who work evil, and save me from 5bloodthirsty men. 3 For behold, they 6lie in wait for my life; fierce men 7stir up strife against me. 8For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD, 4 for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. 9Awake, come to meet me, and see! 5 You, 10LORD God of hosts, are God of Israel. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah 6 Each evening they 11come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. 7 There they are, 12bellowing with their mouths with 13swords in their lips-- for 14"Who," they think,a"will hear us?" 8 But you, O LORD, 15laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision. 9 O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are 16my fortress. 10 17My God in his steadfast loveb18will meet me; God will let me 19look in triumph on my enemies. 11 Kill them not, lest my people forget; make them totterc by your power and 20bring them down, O Lord, our 21shield! 12 For 22the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter, 13 23consume them in wrath; consume them till they are no more, that they may 24know that God rules over Jacob to 25the ends of the earth. Selah 14 26Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. 15 They 27wander about for food and growl if they do not get their fill. 16 But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me 28a fortress and 29a refuge in 30the day of my distress. 17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, 31are my fortress, 32the God who shows me steadfast love.
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