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Psalms 56

For the choir director: A psalm [1]  of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune "Dove on Distant Oaks."
 1  O God, have mercy on me,
  for people are hounding me.
  My foes attack me all day long.
 2  I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
  and many are boldly attacking me.
 3  But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.  4  I praise God for what he has promised.
  I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
  What can mere mortals do to me?

 5  They are always twisting what I say;
  they spend their days plotting to harm me.
 6  They come together to spy on me—
  watching my every step, eager to kill me.
 7  Don't let them get away with their wickedness;
  in your anger, O God, bring them down.

 8  You keep track of all my sorrows. [8] 
  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
  You have recorded each one in your book.

 9  My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
  This I know: God is on my side!
 10  I praise God for what he has promised;
  Yes, I praise the LORD for what he has promised.
 11  I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
  What can mere mortals do to me?

 12  I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
  and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
 13  For you have rescued me from death;
  you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
  in your life-giving light.
<<  56:<%=ftSC%>TITLE Hebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term.
<<  56:8 Or my wanderings.