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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Psalm 59:1-17

To the director. “Do not bring to ruin.” Of David. Mikʹtam.* When Saul sent, and they kept watching the house, to put him to death.+ 59  Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;+ From those rising up against me may you protect me.+   Deliver me from the practicers of what is hurtful,+ And from bloodguilty men save me.   For, look! they have lain in wait for my soul;+ Strong ones make an attack upon me,+ For no revolt on my part, nor any sin on my part, O Jehovah.+   Though there is no error, they run and get themselves ready.+ Do rouse yourself at my calling and see.+   And you, O Jehovah God of armies, are the God of Israel.+ Do wake up to turn your attention to all the nations.+ Do not show favor to any hurtful traitors.+ Seʹlah.   They keep returning at evening time;+ They keep barking like a dog+ and go all around the city.+   Look! They make a bubbling forth with their mouth;+ Swords are on their lips,+ For who is listening?+   But you yourself, O Jehovah, will laugh at them;+ You will hold all the nations in derision.+   O my Strength,* toward you I will keep watch;+ For God is my secure height.+ 10  The God of loving-kindness* to me* will himself confront me;+ God himself will cause me to look upon my foes.+ 11  Do not kill them, that my people may not forget.+ By your vital energy make them wander about,+ And bring them down, O our shield Jehovah,*+ 12  [For] the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips;+ And may they be caught in their pride,+ Even for the cursing and the deception that they rehearse. 13  Bring [them] to an end in rage;+ Bring [them] to an end, that they may not be; And may they know that God is ruling in Jacob to the ends of the earth.+ Seʹlah. 14  And let them return at evening time; Let them bark like a dog and go all around the city.+ 15  Let those very ones wander about for something to eat;+ Let them not be satisfied or stay overnight.+ 16  But as for me, I shall sing of your strength,+ And in the morning I shall joyfully tell about your loving-kindness.+ For you have proved to be a secure height for me+ And a place to which to flee in the day of my distress.+ 17  O my Strength, to you I will make melody,+ For God is my secure height, the God of loving-kindness to me.+


See 16:Sup ftn.
“My Strength,” TLXXVg and several Heb. mss; M, “His (One’s) Strength.”
Or, “loyal love.”
“To me,” MmarginT and many Heb. mss.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.