Psalm 59

For the music leader. Do not destroy. A miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch the house in order to kill him.

1 Oh, my God, deliver me from my enemies; put me out of reach from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from evildoers; save me from the bloodthirsty.
3 Look at how they lie in ambush for my life! Powerful people are attacking me, LORD— but not because of any error or sin of mine.
4 They run and take their stand— but not because of any fault of mine. Get up when I cry out to you! Look at what's happening!
5 You are the LORD God of heavenly forces, the God of Israel! Wake up and punish all the nations! Grant no mercy to any wicked traitor! Selah
6 They come back every evening, growling like dogs, prowling around the city.
7 See what they belch out with their mouths: swords are between their lips! Who can listen to them?
8 But you, LORD, laugh at them. You mock all the nations.
9 I keep looking for you, my strength, because God is my stronghold.
10 My loving God will come to meet me. God will allow me to look down on my enemies.
11 Don't kill them, or my people might forget; instead, by your power shake them up and bring them down, you who are our shield and my Lord.
12 For the sin of their mouths, the words that they speak, let them be captured in their pride. For the curses and lies they repeat,
13 finish them off in anger; finish them off until they are gone! Then let it be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob. Selah
14 They come back every evening, growling like dogs, prowling around the city.
15 They roam about for food, and if they don't get their fill, they stay all night.
16 But me? I will sing of your strength! In the morning I will shout out loud about your faithful love because you have been my stronghold, my shelter when I was distraught.
17 I will sing praises to you, my strength, because God is my stronghold, my loving God.