Psalm 59

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.

For the music director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.

59 Rescue me from my enemies, my God;
[d]Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
Rescue me from those who practice injustice,
And save me from men of bloodshed.
For behold, they have [e]set an ambush for my [f]life;
[g]Fierce men attack me,
Not for my wrongdoing nor for my sin, Lord,
[h]For no guilt of mine, they run and take their stand against me.
Stir Yourself to [i]help me, and see!
You, Lord God of armies, the God of Israel,
Awake to [j]punish all the nations;
Do not be gracious to any who deal treacherously in wrongdoing. Selah
They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And prowl around the city.
Behold, they gush forth with their mouths;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”
But You, Lord, laugh at them;
You scoff at all the nations.

Because of [k]his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my refuge.
10 [l]My God in His faithfulness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon my enemies.
11 Do not kill them, or my people will forget;
[m]Scatter them by Your power and bring them down,
Lord, our shield.
12 [n]On account of the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
May they even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses and lies which they tell.
13 [o]Destroy them in wrath, [p]destroy them so that they will no longer exist;
So that people may know that God [q]rules in Jacob,
To the ends of the earth. Selah
14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And prowl around the city.
15 They wander about [r]for food
And [s]murmur if they are not satisfied.

16 But as for me, I will sing of Your strength;
Yes, I will joyfully sing of Your faithfulness in the morning,
For You have been my refuge
And a place of refuge on the day of my distress.
17 My strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my refuge, the [t]God who shows me favor.


  1. Psalm 59 Title Lit Do Not Destroy
  2. Psalm 59 Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 59 Title 1 Sam 19:11
  4. Psalm 59:1 Or May You put me in an inaccessibly high place
  5. Psalm 59:3 Or lain in wait
  6. Psalm 59:3 Lit soul
  7. Psalm 59:3 Or Strong
  8. Psalm 59:4 Lit Without guilt
  9. Psalm 59:4 Lit meet
  10. Psalm 59:5 Lit visit
  11. Psalm 59:9 LXX, some mss and some ancient versions my strength (cf. v 17)
  12. Psalm 59:10 Many mss and some ancient versions The God of my faithfulness
  13. Psalm 59:11 Or Make them wander
  14. Psalm 59:12 Or The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips,
  15. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  16. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  17. Psalm 59:13 Or is Ruler
  18. Psalm 59:15 Lit to eat
  19. Psalm 59:15 Another reading is linger all night
  20. Psalm 59:17 Lit God of my favor