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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LVII
 
Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David. Michtam; when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
 
 
[1]  BE 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 1 be over-past.
[2]  I will cry unto God Most High,
Unto God that performeth all things for me.
[3]  He 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.
[4]  My soul is among lions;
I lie 2 among them that are set on fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
[5]  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let thy glory be above all the earth.
 
[6]  They 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
[7]  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises.
[8]  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will 3 awake right early.
[9]  I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the peoples:
I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
[10]  For thy lovingkindness is great unto the heavens,
And thy truth unto the skies.
[11]  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let thy glory be above all the earth.
 
Note 1. Or, wickednesses. [back]
Note 2. Or, must lie. [back]
Note 3. Or, will awake the dawn. [back]
 

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