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Psalm 56 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:1 - [fn]For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:2 - My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:3 - When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:4 - In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:5 - All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:6 - They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:7 - Because of their wickedness do not[fn] let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:8 - Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll[fn]— are they not in your record?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:9 - Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:10 - In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:11 - in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:12 - I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 56:13 - For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.
Title: Probably a literary or musical term
Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not.
Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin

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