Psalm 56 English Standard Version

A Prayer of Trust

56 1  Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; 2  my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. 3  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? 5  All day long they injure my cause;[1] all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6  They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life. 7  For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

8  You have kept count of my tossings;[2] put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? 9  Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that[3] God is for me. 10  In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, 11  in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12  I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. 13  For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.


Footnotes

[1] 56:5 Or they twist my words

[2] 56:8 Or wanderings

[3] 56:9 Or because

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