Compare Translations for Psalm 56:1

Psalm 56:1 ASV
Be merciful unto me, O God; For man would swallow me up: All the day long he fighting oppresseth me.
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Psalm 56:1 BBE
Have mercy on me, O God, for man is attempting my destruction; every day he makes cruel attacks against me.
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Psalm 56:1 CEB
God, have mercy on me because I'm being trampled. All day long the enemy oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 CJB
For the leader. Set to "The Silent Dove in the Distance." By David; a mikhtam, when the P'lishtim captured him in Gat: Show me favor, God; for people are trampling me down -all day they fight and press on me.
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Psalm 56:1 RHE
(55-1) <Unto the end, for a people that is removed at a distance form the sanctuary: for David, for an inscription of a title (or pillar) when the Philistines held him in Geth.> (55-2) Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.
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Psalm 56:1 ESV
Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me;
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Psalm 56:1 GW
Have pity on me, O God, because people are harassing me. All day long warriors oppress me.
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Psalm 56:1 GNT
Be merciful to me, O God, because I am under attack; my enemies persecute me all the time.
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Psalm 56:1 HNV
<> Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up. All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 CSB
Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.
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Psalm 56:1 KJV
Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up ; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
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Psalm 56:1 LEB
Be gracious to me, O God, because humankind has trampled me; fighting all the day he oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 NAS
Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 NCV
God, be merciful to me because people are chasing me; the battle has pressed me all day long.
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Psalm 56:1 NIRV
God, show me your favor. Men are chasing me. All day long they keep attacking me.
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Psalm 56:1 NIV
Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.
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Psalm 56:1 NKJV
To the Chief Musician. Set to 'The Silent Dove in Distant Lands.' A Michtam of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath. Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; Fighting all day he oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 NLT
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune "Dove on Distant Oaks." O God, have mercy on me. The enemy troops press in on me. My foes attack me all day long.
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Psalm 56:1 NRS
Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me; all day long foes oppress me;
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Psalm 56:1 RSV
To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for men trample upon me; all day long foemen oppress me;
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Psalm 56:1 DBY
{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.
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Psalm 56:1 MSG
Take my side, God - I'm getting kicked around, stomped on every day.
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Psalm 56:1 WBT
To the chief Musician upon Jonathelem-rechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
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Psalm 56:1 TMB
<> Be merciful unto me, O God, for man would swallow me up; he, fighting daily, oppresseth me.
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Psalm 56:1 TNIV
Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.
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Psalm 56:1 WEB
<> Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up. All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.
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Psalm 56:1 WYC
To the overcoming on the dumb culver of far drawing away, the comely song of David, when the Philistines held him in Gath. God, have mercy on me, for a man hath defouled me; all day he impugned, and troubled me. (To the overcomer, for the silent dove, for it went far away, the comely song of David, when the Philistines held him in Gath. God, have mercy on me, for men have persecuted me; all day long they impugned, and troubled, me.)
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Psalm 56:1 YLT
To the Overseer. -- `On the Dumb Dove far off.' -- A secret treasure of David, in the Philistines' taking hold of him in Gath. Favour me, O God, for man swallowed me up, All the day fighting he oppresseth me,
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Psalms 56 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 56

David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies. (1-7) He rests his faith on God's promises, and declares his obligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)

Verses 1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?

Verses 8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of the Lord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent and patient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted to repine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should check ourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear, that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears for their sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall do unto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above. Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that by which I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrains me from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of my duty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers for mercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or by his pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death, which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good work he will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God would keep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in all our desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin and trouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that we may serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our souls from the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walk before him for ever in light.

Psalms 56 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 56

Psalms 56:1-13 . Upon Jonath-elem-rechokim--literally, "upon the dove of silence" of distant places; either denoting a melody that name, to which this Psalm was to be performed; or it is an enigmatical form of denoting the subject, as given in the history referred to ( 1 Samuel 21:11 , &c.), David being regarded as an uncomplaining, meek dove, driven from his native home to wander in exile. Beset by domestic and foreign foes, David appeals confidently to God, recites his complaints, and closes with joyful and assured anticipations of God's continued help.

1, 2. would swallow--literally, "pants as a raging beast" ( Acts 9:1 ).

2. enemies--watchers ( Psalms 54:5 ).
most High--As it is not elsewhere used absolutely for God, some render the word here, arrogantly, or proudly, as qualifying "those who fight," &c.

3. in--or literally, "unto."
thee--to whom he turns in trouble.

4. in God . . . his word--By His grace or aid ( Psalms 60:12 , 108:13 ), or, "I will boast in God as to His word"; in either case His word is the special matter and cause of praise.
flesh--for mankind ( Psalms 65:2 , Isaiah 31:3 ), intimating frailty.

5, 6. A vivid picture of the conduct of malicious enemies.

7. Shall they escape? &c.--or better, "Their escape is by iniquity."
cast . . . people--humble those who so proudly oppose Thy servant.

8. God is mindful of his exile and remembers his tears. The custom of bottling the tears of mourners as a memorial, which has existed in some Eastern nations, may explain the figure.

9. God is for me--or, "on my side" ( Psalms 118:6 , Psalms 124:1 Psalms 124:2 ); hence he is sure of the repulse of his foes.

12. I will render praises--will pay what I have vowed.

13. The question implies an affirmative answer, drawn from past experience.
falling--as from a precipice.
before God--in His favor during life.