For the music director; according to [a]Jonath elem rehokim. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
56 Be gracious to me, God, for a man has [d]trampled upon me; [e]Fighting all day long he oppresses me. 2 My enemies have trampled upon me all day long, For [f]they are many who fight proudly against me. 3 [g]When I am afraid, [h]I will put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere[i]mortals do to me? 5 All day long they distort my words; All their [j]thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They [k]attack, they lurk, They watch my [l]steps, As they have waited to take my [m]life. 7 Because of their wickedness, will there be an escape for them? In anger make the peoples fall down, God!
8 You have taken account of my [n]miseries; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 9 Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call; This I know, [o]that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 In God I have put my [p]trust, I shall not be afraid. What can mankind do to me? 12 Your vows are binding upon me, God; I will render thanksgiving offerings to You. 13 For You have saved my soul from death, [q]Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the [r]living.
Psalm 56 TitleOr The silent dove of those who are far off; or The dove of the distant terebinths
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