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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Psalms 59:1-17


  • God, a shield and a refuge

    • ‘Do not show mercy to traitors’ (5)

    • “I will sing about your strength” (16)

To the director; set to “Do Not Bring to Ruin.” Of David. Mikʹtam.* When Saul sent men to watch David’s* house to put him to death.+ 59  Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;+ Protect me from those rising up against me.+   Rescue me from those who act wickedly, And save me from violent* men.   Look! They wait to ambush me;*+ Strong men attack me But not because I have revolted or sinned,+ O Jehovah.   Though I did no wrong, they run and prepare to attack. Do arise at my calling and see.   For you, O Jehovah God of armies, are the God of Israel.+ Awake to turn your attention to all the nations. Do not show mercy to any malicious traitors.+ (Selah)   They return each evening;+ They growl* like dogs+ and prowl around the city.+   Look what pours* forth from their mouth; Their lips are like swords,+ For they say: “Who is listening?”+   But you, O Jehovah, will laugh at them;+ You will scoff at all the nations.+   O my Strength, I will keep watch for you;+ For God is my secure refuge.*+ 10  The God who shows loyal love to me will come to my aid;+ God will cause me to look in triumph on my foes.+ 11  Do not kill them, so that my people may not forget. By your power make them wander about; Cause their downfall, O Jehovah, our shield.+ 12  For the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips, May they be trapped by their pride,+ Because of the cursing and deception that they speak. 13  Finish them off in your wrath;+ Finish them off, so that they are no more; Make them know that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the earth.+ (Selah) 14  Let them return in the evening; Let them growl* like dogs and prowl around the city.+ 15  Let them wander about for something to eat;+ Do not let them be satisfied or find a lodging place. 16  But as for me, I will sing about your strength;+ In the morning I will joyfully tell about your loyal love. For you are my secure refuge+ And a place for me to flee in my time of distress.+ 17  O my Strength, to you I will sing praises,*+ For God is my secure refuge, the God who shows loyal love to me.+


Lit., “the.”
Or “bloodthirsty.”
Or “my soul.”
Or “bark.”
Or “bubbles.”
Or “secure height.”
Or “bark.”
Or “make music.”