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Psalm 59

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him.

1

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;

protect me from those who rise up against me.

2

Deliver me from those who work evil;

from the bloodthirsty save me.

 

3

Even now they lie in wait for my life;

the mighty stir up strife against me.

For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,

4

for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

 

Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!

5

You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.

Awake to punish all the nations;

spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.Selah

 

6

Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

7

There they are, bellowing with their mouths,

with sharp words on their lips—

for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

 

8

But you laugh at them, O Lord;

you hold all the nations in derision.

9

O my strength, I will watch for you;

for you, O God, are my fortress.

10

My God in his steadfast love will meet me;

my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

 

11

Do not kill them, or my people may forget;

make them totter by your power, and bring them down,

O Lord, our shield.

12

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,

let them be trapped in their pride.

For the cursing and lies that they utter,

13

consume them in wrath;

consume them until they are no more.

Then it will be known to the ends of the earth

that God rules over Jacob.Selah

 

14

Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

15

They roam about for food,

and growl if they do not get their fill.

 

16

But I will sing of your might;

I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.

For you have been a fortress for me

and a refuge in the day of my distress.

17

O my strength, I will sing praises to you,

for you, O God, are my fortress,

the God who shows me steadfast love.


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Ps 59:1-17. See on Ps 57:1, title, and for history, 1Sa 19:11, &c. The scope is very similar to that of the fifty-seventh: prayer in view of malicious and violent foes, and joy in prospect of relief.

1. defend me—(Compare Margin).

rise up … me—(Compare Ps 17:7).

2. (Compare Ps 5:5; 6:8).

4, 5. prepare, &c.—literally, "set themselves as in array."

awake—(Compare Ps 3:7; 7:6), appeals to God in His covenant relation to His people (Ps 9:18).

6, 7. They are as ravening dogs seeking prey, and as such,

belch out—that is, slanders, their impudent barkings.

7. for who, say they—For the full expression with the supplied words, compare Ps 64:5.

8. (Compare Ps 2:4; 37:13).

9. By judicious expositors, and on good grounds, this is better rendered, "O my strength, on Thee will I wait" (Ps 59:17).

defence—(Compare Ps 18:3).

10. prevent me—(Ps 21:3).

see my desire—in their overthrow (Ps 54:7).

enemies—as in Ps 5:8.

11. Slay them not—at once (Jud 2:21-23); but perpetuate their punishment (Ge 4:12; Nu 32:13), by scattering or making them wander, and humble them.

12. let them even be … taken in their pride—while evincing it—that is, to be punished for their lies, &c.

13. Though delayed for wise reasons, the utter destruction of the wicked must come at last, and God's presence and power in and for His Church will be known abroad (1Sa 17:46; Ps 46:10, 11).

14, 15. Meanwhile let the rapacious dogs prowl, they cannot hurt the pious; yea, they shall wander famished and sleepless.

15. grudge if, &c.—literally, "they shall stay all night," that is, obtain nothing.

16, 17. Contrast the lot of God's servant, who employs his time in God's praise.

sing aloud … in the morning—when they retire famishing and disappointed, or it may denote delightful diligence in praise, as in Ps 30:5.




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