Psalms 57 to 61 : American Standard Version
Psalm 57For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tash-heth. A Psalm of David. Michtam; when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; For my soul taketh refuge in thee: Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I take refuge, Until these calamities be overpast. 2I will cry unto God Most High, Unto God that performeth all things for me. 3He will send from heaven, and save me, When he that would swallow me up reproacheth; Selah God will send forth his lovingkindness and his truth. 4My soul is among lions; I lie among them that are set on fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword. 5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let thy glory be above all the earth. 6They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down: They have digged a pit before me; They are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah 7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises. 8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake right early. 9I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the peoples: I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. 10For thy lovingkindness is great unto the heavens, And thy truth unto the skies. 11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let thy glory be above all the earth.
Psalm 58 For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David Michtam.
1Do ye indeed in silence speak righteousness? Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2Nay, in heart ye work wickedness; Ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. 3The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear, 5Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, Charming never so wisely. 6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah. 7Let them melt away as water that runneth apace: When he aimeth his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off. 8Let them be as a snail which melteth and passeth away, Like the untimely birth of a woman, that hath not seen the sun. 9Before your pots can feel the thorns, He will take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike. 10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked; 11So that men shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Psalm 59 For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David. Michtam; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
1Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: Set me on high from them that rise up against me. 2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, And save me from the bloodthirsty men. 3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul; The mighty gather themselves together against me: Not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Jehovah. 4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: Awake thou to help me, and behold. 5Even thou, O Jehovah God of hosts, the God of Israel, Arise to visit all the nations: Be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah 6They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go round about the city. 7Behold, they belch out with their mouth; Swords are in their lips: For who, say they, doth hear? 8But thou, O Jehovah, wilt laugh at them; Thou wilt have all the nations in derision. 9Because of his strength I will give heed unto thee; For God is my high tower. 10My God with his lovingkindness will meet me: God will let me see my desire upon mine enemies. 11Slay them not, lest my people forget: Scatter them by thy power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for cursing and lying which they speak. 13Consume them in wrath, consume them, so that they shall be no more: And let them know that God ruleth in Jacob, Unto the ends of the earth. Selah 14And at evening let them return, let them howl like a dog, And go round about the city. 15They shall wander up and down for food, And tarry all night if they be not satisfied. 16But I will sing of thy strength; Yea, I will sing aloud of thy lovingkindness in the morning: For thou hast been my high tower, And a refuge in the day of my distress. 17Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing praises: For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.
Psalm 60 For the Chief Musician; set to Shushan Eduth. Michtam of David, to teach; and when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the Valley of Salt twelve thousand.
1O God thou hast cast us off, thou hast broken us down; Thou hast been angry; oh restore us again. 2Thou hast made the land to tremble; thou hast rent it: Heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. 3Thou hast showed thy people hard things: Thou hast made us to drink the wine of staggering. 4Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah 5That thy beloved may be delivered, Save with thy right hand, and answer us. 6God hath spoken in his holiness: I will exult; I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the defence of my head; Judah is my sceptre. 8Moab is my washpot; Upon Edom will I cast my shoe: Philistia, shout thou because of me. 9Who will bring me into the strong city? Who hath led me unto Edom? 10Hast not thou, O God, cast us off? And thou goest not forth, O God, with our hosts. 11Give us help against the adversary; For vain is the help of man. 12Through God we shall do valiantly; For he it is that will tread down our adversaries.
Psalm 61 For the Chief Musician; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
1Hear my cry, O God; Attend unto my prayer. 2From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever: I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah 5For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. 6Thou wilt prolong the king's life; His years shall be as many generations. 7He shall abide before God for ever: Oh prepare lovingkindness and truth, that they may preserve him. 8So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, That I may daily perform my vows.