Psalm 57

1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.

2I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

3He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.

4I lie down among lions that greedily devour human prey; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

6They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody.

8Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

9I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.

10For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.

11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 58

1Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge people fairly?

2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth.

3The wicked go astray from the womb; they err from their birth, speaking lies.

4They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.

6O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

7Let them vanish like water that runs away; like grass let them be trodden down and wither.

8Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime; like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.

9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

10The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

Psalm 59

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.

2Deliver me from those who work evil; from the bloodthirsty save me.

3Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,

4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!

5You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel. Awake to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

6Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.

7There they are, bellowing with their mouths, with sharp words on their lips— for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

8But you laugh at them, O Lord; you hold all the nations in derision.

9O my strength, I will watch for you; for you, O God, are my fortress.

10My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

11Do not kill them, or my people may forget; make them totter by your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.

12For 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,

13consume 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

14Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.

15They roam about for food, and growl if they do not get their fill.

16But 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.

17O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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