Psalm 57 English Standard Version

A Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors

57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. 2  I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3  He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! 4  My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts-- the children of man, 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 set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

7  My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! 8  Awake, my glory![1] Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! 9  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10  For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 11  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Footnotes

[1] 57:8 Or my whole being

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