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59. Psalm 59

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.


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.


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.

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16 But I will sing of thy power By this he does not mean merely that he would have occasion to sing at some future period, but prepares himself presently for the exercise of thanksgiving; and he proceeds to acknowledge that his deliverance would be at once an illustrious effect of Divine power, and conferred of mere grace. It may be true, that David escaped at this time from the hands of his enemies without stir, and with secrecy, through the dexterity of his wife; still, by means of this artifice, God disappointed the preparations and forces of Saul, and may, therefore, with propriety be said to have exerted his power. We may suppose, however, that David takes occasion, from this particular instance, to look further back, and embrace, in his view, the various Divine interpositions which he had experienced.