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Psalm 59 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:1 - [fn]For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[fn] When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him. Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:2 - Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:3 - See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:4 - I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:5 - You, LORD God Almighty, you who are the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked traitors.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:6 - They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:7 - See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:8 - But you laugh at them, LORD; you scoff at all those nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:9 - You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:10 - my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:11 - But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[fn] or my people will forget. In your might uproot them and bring them down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:12 - For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:13 - consume them in your wrath, consume them till they are no more. Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:14 - They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:15 - They wander about for food and howl if not satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:16 - But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:17 - You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
Title: Probably a literary or musical term
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
Or sovereign

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