Deliver me from oppressive men, so that I can keep your precepts.
For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; a prayer of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! All day long hostile enemies are tormenting me.
when you deliver my life from death. You keep my feet from stumbling, so that I might serve God as I enjoy life.
When he led his people out, they rejoiced; his chosen ones shouted with joy.
Listen to my cry for help, for I am in serious trouble! Rescue me from those who chase me, for they are stronger than I am.
"Therefore say: 'This is what the sovereign Lord says: When I regather you from the peoples and assemble you from the lands where you have been dispersed, I will give you back the country of Israel.'
"'I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries; then I will bring you to your land.
that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, may serve him without fear,
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace and thus was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church increased in numbers.