To the director; set to “Do Not Bring to Ruin.” Of David. Mikʹtam.* When Saul sent men to watch David’s* house to put him to death.+
59 Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;+
Protect me from those rising up against me.+
2 Rescue me from those who act wickedly,
And save me from violent* men.
3 Look! They wait to ambush me;*+
Strong men attack me
But not because I have revolted or sinned,+ O Jehovah.
4 Though I did no wrong, they run and prepare to attack.
Do arise at my calling and see.
5 For you, O Jehovah God of armies, are the God of Israel.+
Awake to turn your attention to all the nations.
Do not show mercy to any malicious traitors.+ (Selah)
6 They return each evening;+
They growl* like dogs+ and prowl around the city.+
7 Look what pours* forth from their mouth;
Their lips are like swords,+
For they say: “Who is listening?”+
8 But you, O Jehovah, will laugh at them;+
You will scoff at all the nations.+
9 O my Strength, I will keep watch for you;+
For God is my secure refuge.*+
10 The God who shows loyal love to me will come to my aid;+
God will cause me to look in triumph on my foes.+
11 Do not kill them, so that my people may not forget.
By your power make them wander about;
Cause their downfall, O Jehovah, our shield.+
12 For the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips,
May they be trapped by their pride,+
Because of the cursing and deception that they speak.
13 Finish them off in your wrath;+
Finish them off, so that they are no more;
Make them know that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the earth.+ (Selah)
14 Let them return in the evening;
Let them growl* like dogs and prowl around the city.+
15 Let them wander about for something to eat;+
Do not let them be satisfied or find a lodging place.
16 But as for me, I will sing about your strength;+
In the morning I will joyfully tell about your loyal love.
For you are my secure refuge+
And a place for me to flee in my time of distress.+
17 O my Strength, to you I will sing praises,*+
For God is my secure refuge, the God who shows loyal love to me.+