Psalm 59 King James Version

A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

59 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord. 4  They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help [1] me, and behold. 5  Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6  They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7  Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

8  But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. 9  Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. [2] 10  The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. [3] 11  Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12  For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 14  And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 15  Let them wander up and down for meat, [4] and grudge if they be not satisfied. 16  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

Footnotes

[1] 59:4 help: Heb. meet

[2] 59:9 defence: Heb. high place

[3] 59:10 enemies: Heb. observers

[4] 59:15 for meat: Heb. to eat

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