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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LVI
 
Supplication for Deliverance, and Grateful Trust in God
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to Jonath 1 elem rehokim. A Psalm of David. Michtam; when the Philistines took him in Gath.
 
 
[1]  BE merciful unto me, O God; for man would swallow me up:
All the day long he fighting oppresseth me.
[2]  Mine 2 enemies would swallow me up all the day long;
For they are many that fight proudly against me.
[3]  What time I am afraid,
I will put my trust in thee.
[4]  In God (I will praise his word),
In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid;
What can flesh do unto me?
[5]  All the day long they wrest my words:
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
[6]  They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,
They mark my steps,
Even 3 as they have waited for my soul.
[7]  Shall 4 they escape by iniquity?
In anger cast down the peoples, O God.
[8]  Thou numberest my wanderings:
Put thou my tears into thy bottle;
Are they not in thy book? 5
[9]  Then shall mine enemies turn back in the day that I call:
This I know, that 6 God is for me.
[10]  In God (I will praise his word),
In Jehovah (I will praise his word),
[11]  In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid;
What can man do unto me?
[12]  Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render thank-offerings unto thee.
[13]  For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
Hast thou not delivered my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God
In the light of the 7 living?
 
Note 1. That is, The silent dove of them that are afar off.Or, as otherwise read, The dove of the distant terebinths. [back]
Note 2. Or, They that lie in wait for me. [back]
Note 3. Or, Inasmuch as. [back]
Note 4. Or, They think to escape. [back]
Note 5. Or, record. [back]
Note 6. Or, for. [back]
Note 7. Or, life. [back]
 

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