THE *BOOK OF
Psalm 56 ©
David, being come into the hands of the Philistines through Saul’s continual persecution, makes complaint to God of all his sufferings, tears and wanderings, prays for favor and the punishment of his enemies, magnifies the Word of God, is confident of the fulfilling thereof, and promises thankfulness for it.
To the chief Musician upon 1Jonath-elem-rechokim, 2Michtam of David, whena the Philistines took him in Gath.
BE merciful unto me, O God: for 3man would 4swallow me up; he fighting daily 5oppresseth me.
6Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, 7O thou most High.
What time I am 8afraid, I will trust in thee.
In God I will praise his 9word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what 10flesh can do unto me.
Every day they 11wrestb my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They gather themselves together, they 12hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my 13soul.
14Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the 15people, O God.
Thou tellest my 16wanderings: put thou my 17tears into thy 18bottle: are they not in thy 19book?
When I 20cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is 21for me.
In God will I praise his 22word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid whatc23man can do unto me.
Thy vows are 24upon me, O God: I will render 25praises unto thee.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: 26wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before 27God in the 28light of the living?