Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

1 For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A (a)Maskil of David, (b)when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”
Save me, O God, by (A)Your name,
And (c)vindicate me by (B)Your power.
(C)Hear my prayer, O God;
(D)Give ear to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have (E)risen against me
And (F)violent men have (G)sought my (d)life;
They have (H)not set God before them. (e)Selah.
Behold, (I)God is my helper;
The Lord is (f)the (J)sustainer of my soul.
(g)He will (K)recompense the evil to (h)my foes;
(i)(L)Destroy them (M)in Your (j)faithfulness.
(k)(N)Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will give (O)thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For (l)He has (P)delivered me from all (m)trouble,
And my eye has (Q)looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.


a. Psalm 54:1: ['Possibly ', Contemplative, ', or ', Didactic, ', or ', Skillful Psalm]
b. Psalm 54:1: ['1 Sam 23:19; 26:1']
c. Psalm 54:1: ['Lit ', judge]
d. Psalm 54:3: ['Or ', soul]
e. Psalm 54:3: [Selah, ' may mean: ', Pause, Crescendo, ' or ', Musical interlude]
f. Psalm 54:4: ['Lit ', as those who sustain]
g. Psalm 54:5: ['Lit ', The evil will return]
h. Psalm 54:5: ['Or ', those who lie in wait for me]
i. Psalm 54:5: ['Or ', Put to silence]
j. Psalm 54:5: ['Or ', truth]
k. Psalm 54:6: ['Or ', With a freewill offering]
l. Psalm 54:7: ['Or ', it, '; i.e. His name']
m. Psalm 54:7: ['Or ', distress]

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