Psalm 57 New International Version

A Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors

57 [1][2]Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. 2  I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. 3  He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me-[3]God sends forth his love and his faithfulness. 4  I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. 5  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. 6  They spread a net for my feet- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path- but they have fallen into it themselves.

7  My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8  Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9  I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 10  For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 11  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

Footnotes

[1] 57:1 In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.

[2] 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[3] 57:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.

Add Another Translation