Psalm 56 New International Version

A Prayer of Trust

56 [1][2]Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. 2  My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. 3  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4  In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 5  All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. 6  They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. 7  Because of their wickedness do not[3] let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

8  Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll[4] - are they not in your record? 9  Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. 10  In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise- 11  in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? 12  I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. 13  For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Footnotes

[1] 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.

[2] 56:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[3] 56:7 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have "do not" .

[4] 56:8 Or "misery;" / "put my tears in your wineskin"

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