Psalm 56
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Be Merciful to Me, God

(1 Samuel 21:10-15; Psalm 34:1-22; Psalm 52:1-9)

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1For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath. Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.1To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me;1For the choir director; according to Jonath elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me.1To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.1For the choir director: according to "A Silent Dove Far Away." A Davidic Miktam. When the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.
2My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.2my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.2My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.2Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.2My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
3When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.3When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.3When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.3What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.3When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
4In God, whose word I praise-- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?4In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?4In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
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5All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.5All day long they injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.5All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.5Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.5They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts against me are evil.
6They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.6They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life.6They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.6They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.
7Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.7For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!7Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!7Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.7Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.
8Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll -- are they not in your record?8You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?8You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?8You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?
9Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.9Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.9Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me.9When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.9Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.
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10In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise--10In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,10In God, whose word I praise, In the LORD, whose word I praise,10In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.10In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?11in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?11In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.11in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
12I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.12I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.12Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.12Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.12I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You.
13For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.13For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.13For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.13For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?13For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.



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