Psalm 57-61 - Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors; Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

Psalm 57

Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam

of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious

to me,

For my soul takes refuge in You;

And in the shadow of Your wings I will take


Until destruction passes by.

2 I will cry to God Most High,

To God who accomplishes all things for me.

3 He will send from heaven and save me;

He reproaches him who tramples upon me.


God will send forth His lovingkindness and

His truth.

4 My soul is among lions;

I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,

Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears

and arrows

And their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;

Let Your glory be above all the earth.

6 They have prepared a net for my steps;

My soul is bowed down;

They dug a pit before me;

They themselves have fallen into the midst

of it. Selah.

7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart

is steadfast;

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!

8 Awake, my glory!

Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among

the peoples;

I will sing praises to You among the nations.

10 For Your lovingkindness is great to the


And Your truth to the clouds.

11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God;

Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 58

Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth.

A Mikhtam of David.

1 Do you indeed speak righteousness,

O gods?

Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

2 No, in heart you work unrighteousness;

On earth you weigh out the violence of your


3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;

These who speak lies go astray from birth.

4 They have venom like the venom of a


Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

5 So that it does not hear the voice of


Or a skillful caster of spells.

6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth;

Break out the fangs of the young lions,


7 Let them flow away like water that runs off;

When he aims his arrows, let them be as

headless shafts.

8 Let them be as a snail which melts away

as it goes along,

Like the miscarriages of a woman which never

see the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns

He will sweep them away with a whirlwind,

the green and the burning alike.

10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the


He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 And men will say, "Surely there is a reward

for the righteous;

Surely there is a God who judges on earth!"

Psalm 59

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth.

A Mikhtam of David, when Saul sent men

and they watched the house in order to kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;

Set me securely on high away from those

who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from those who do iniquity

And save me from men of bloodshed.

3 For behold, they have set an ambush for

my life;

Fierce men launch an attack against me,

Not for my transgression nor for my sin,


4 For no guilt of mine, they run and set

themselves against me.

Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!

5 You, O LORD God of hosts, the God

of Israel,

Awake to punish all the nations;

Do not be gracious to any who are treacher-

ous in iniquity. Selah.

6 They return at evening, they howl like

a dog,

And go around the city.

7 Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;

Swords are in their lips,

For, they say, "Who hears?"

8 But You, O LORD, laugh at them;

You scoff at all the nations.

9 Because of his strength I will watch for You,

For God is my stronghold.

10 My God in His lovingkindness will meet


God will let me look triumphantly upon

my foes.

11 Do not slay them, or my people will


Scatter them by Your power, and bring

them down,

O Lord, our shield.

12 On account of the sin of their mouth

and the words of their lips,

Let them even be caught in their pride,

And on account of curses and lies which

they utter.

13 Destroy them in wrath, destroy them

that they may be no more;

That men may know that God rules in Jacob

To the ends of the earth. Selah.

14 They return at evening, they howl like

a dog,

And go around the city.

15 They wander about for food

And growl if they are not satisfied.

16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;

Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness

in the morning,

For You have been my stronghold

And a refuge in the day of my distress.

17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;

For God is my stronghold, the God who

shows me lovingkindness.

Psalm 60

Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help.

For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A

Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with

Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned,

and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

1 O God, You have rejected us. You have

broken us;

You have been angry; O, restore us.

2 You have made the land quake, You have

split it open;

Heal its breaches, for it totters.

3 You have made Your people experience


You have given us wine to drink that makes

us stagger.

4 You have given a banner to those who fear


That it may be displayed because of the truth.


5 That Your beloved may be delivered,

Save with Your right hand, and answer us!

6 God has spoken in His holiness:

"I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and

measure out the valley of Succoth.

7 "Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine;

Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;

Judah is My scepter.

8"Moab is My washbowl;

Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;

Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!"

9 Who will bring me into the besieged city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

10 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected


And will You not go forth with our armies,

O God?

11 O give us help against the adversary,

For deliverance by man is in vain.

12 Through God we shall do valiantly,

And it is He who will tread down our


Psalm 61

Confidence in God's Protection.

For the choir director; on a stringed instrument.

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God;

Give heed to my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth I call to You

when my heart is faint;

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For You have been a refuge for me,

A tower of strength against the enemy.

4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;

Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your

wings. Selah.

5 For You have heard my vows, O God;

You have given me the inheritance of those

who fear Your name.

6 You will prolong the king's life;

His years will be as many generations.

7 He will abide before God forever;

Appoint lovingkindness and truth that

they may preserve him.

8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,

That I may pay my vows day by day.

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