Psalm 59
God Our Stronghold
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him.59:0 1Sm 19:11
1Rescue me from my enemies, my God;59:1 Ps 143:9
protect me from those who rise up against me.59:1 2Sm 22:18; Ps 18:17; 91:14
2Rescue me from evildoers,
and save me from men of bloodshed.59:2 Ps 5:6; 17:7
3Because look, Lord, they set an ambush for me.59:3 Pr 1:11,18
Powerful men attack me,
but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.59:3 1Sm 20:1; 24:11
4For no fault of mine,
they run and take up a position.
Awake to help me, and take notice.59:4 Ps 7:3–4; 69:4
5 Lord God of Armies, you are the God of Israel.
Rise up to punish all the nations;
do not show favor to any wicked traitors.59:5 Jr 18:23Selah

6They return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.59:6 Ps 22:16
7Look, they spew from their mouths —
sharp words from59:7 Lit swords are on their lips.59:7 Ps 52:2; 57:4; 64:3
“For who,” they say, “will hear?” 59:7 Ps 73:11
8But you laugh at them, Lord;
you ridicule all the nations.59:8 Ps 2:4; 37:13
9I will keep watch for you, my59:9 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg; other Hb mss read his strength,
because God is my stronghold.59:9 Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19
10My faithful God59:10 Alt Hb tradition reads My God in his faithful love will come to meet me;
God will let me look down on my adversaries.59:10 Ps 54:7

11Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget.
By your power, make them homeless wanderers59:11 Hs 9:17
and bring them down,
Lord, our shield.59:11 Gn 15:1; Dt 33:29; 2Sm 22:3,31; Ps 3:3; 5:12; 18:2; 28:7; 119:114
12For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
They utter curses and lies.59:12 Ps 10:7; Pr 12:13
13Consume them in fury;
consume them until they are gone.59:13 Ps 104:35
Then people will know throughout59:13 Lit know to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob.59:13 Ps 83:18Selah

14And they return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.59:14 Ps 22:16
15They scavenge for food;
they growl if they are not satisfied.59:15 Jb 15:23; Ps 109:10

16But I will sing of your strength
and will joyfully proclaim
your faithful love in the morning.59:16 Ps 5:3; 88:13; 92:2
For you have been a stronghold for me,
a refuge in my day of trouble.59:16 Is 25:4; Nah 1:7
17To you, my strength, I sing praises,
because God is my stronghold —
my faithful God.59:17 Ps 28:8; Jr 16:19