Psalm 54

Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [a]Maskil of David, [b]when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is David not keeping himself hidden among us?”

54 Save me, God, by Your name,
And [c]vindicate me by Your power.
Hear my prayer, God;
Listen to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me
And violent men have sought my [d]life;
They have not set God before them. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is [e]the sustainer of my soul.
[f]He will pay back the evil to my enemies;
[g]Destroy them in Your [h]faithfulness.

[i]Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will praise Your name, Lord, for it is good.
For [j]He has saved me from all [k]trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.


  1. Psalm 54 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 54 Title 1 Sam 23:19; 26:1
  3. Psalm 54:1 Lit judge
  4. Psalm 54:3 Or soul
  5. Psalm 54:4 Lit as those who sustain
  6. Psalm 54:5 LXX; MT The evil will return
  7. Psalm 54:5 Or Put to silence
  8. Psalm 54:5 Or truth
  9. Psalm 54:6 Or With a voluntary offering
  10. Psalm 54:7 Or it; i.e., His name
  11. Psalm 54:7 Or distress