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Psalm 59 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Assured Judgment of the Wicked
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:1 - To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[fn] A Michtam of David when Saul sent men, and they watched the house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:2 - Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:3 - For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:4 - They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

Awake to help me, and behold!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:5 - You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:6 - At evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:7 - Indeed, they belch with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips;
For they say, “Who hears?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:8 - But You, O LORD, shall laugh at them;
You shall have all the nations in derision.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:9 - I will wait for You, O You his Strength;[fn]
For God is my defense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:10 - My God of mercy[fn] shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:11 - Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:12 - For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:13 - Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:14 - And at evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:15 - They wander up and down for food,
And howl[fn] if they are not satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:16 - But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 59:17 - To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Al Tashcheth
Following Masoretic Text and Syriac; some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read my Strength.
Following Qere; some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, and Vulgate read My God, His mercy; Kethib, some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum read O God, my mercy; Syriac reads O God, Your mercy.
Following Septuagint and Vulgate; Masoretic Text, Syriac, and Targum read spend the night.

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