Psalm 56



A Call For God's Protection

1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

1 {To 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.

1 Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.

1 Have mercy on me, God, because men have harassed me. Those who oppress me have fought against me all day long.

1 Be merciful and gracious to me, O God, for man would trample me or devour me; all the day long the adversary oppresses me.

2 My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.

2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

2 My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.

2 Those who watch me all day have harassed me, for there are many who fight against me out of conceit.

2 They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up or trample me all day long, for they are many who fight against me, O Most High!

3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

3 When I am afraid, I will trust in You.

3 On days when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

3 What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.

4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid What can mere man do to me?

4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I put my trust. I will not fear what mortal man can do to me.

4 By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?

5 All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.

5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

5 They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil.

5 All day long people distort what I say; all their schemes against me are for evil purposes.

5 All day long they twist my words and trouble my affairs; all their thoughts are against me for evil and my hurt.

6 They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

6 They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.

6 They gather together and hide in ambush. They watch my every step as they lie in wait for my life.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they watch my steps, even as they have [expectantly] waited for my life.

7 Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

7 Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.

7 Cast them away because of their wickedness. In wrath, God, cast down these people!

7 They think to escape with iniquity, and shall they? In Your indignation bring down the peoples, O God.

8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book?

8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

8 You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?

8 You have kept count of my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle have not you recorded them in your book?

8 You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle -- "are they not in Your book?

9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me.

9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.

9 My enemies will retreat when I call on you. This has been my experience, because God is with me.

9 Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I cry out; this I know, for God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise, In the LORD, whose word I praise,

10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,

10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,

10 In God, Whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose word I praise,

11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

11 in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

11 in God I will put my trust. I will not fear what mortal man can do to me.

11 In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

12 I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You.

12 God, I have taken vows before you; therefore I will offer thanksgiving sacrifices to you.

12 Your vows are upon me, O God; I will render praise to You and give You thank offerings.

13 For 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.

13 For 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?

13 For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.

13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living! To the Director: A special Davidic psalm to the tune of "Do Not Destroy," when he fled from Saul into a cave.

13 For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living.



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