To the chief music-maker; put to
At-tashheth. Michtam. Of David. When Saul sent, and they
were watching the house, to put him to death.
out of the hands of the cruel ones, O my God; keep me safe
from those who come up against me.
Take me out of the power of the workers of
evil, and keep me safe from the men of blood.
For see, they are watching in secret for
my soul; the strong have come together against me? but not
because of my sin, or my evil-doing, O Lord.
For no sin of mine they go quickly and get
themselves ready; be awake and come to my help, and see.
You, O Lord God of armies, are the God of
Israel; come now and give punishment to the nations; have no
mercy on any workers of deceit. (Selah.)
They come back in the evening; they make a
noise like a dog, and go round the town.
See, hate is dropping from their lips;
curses are on their tongues: they say, Who gives attention
But you are laughing at them, O Lord; you will make sport of
all the nations.
O my strength, I will put my hope in you;
because God is my strong tower.
The God of my mercy will go before me:
God will let me see my desire effected on my haters.
Put them not to death, for so my people
will keep the memory of them: let them be sent in all
directions by your power; make them low, O Lord our saviour.
Because of the sin of their mouths and
the word of their lips, let them even be taken in their
pride; and for their curses and their deceit,
Put an end to them in your wrath, put an
end to them, so that they may not be seen again; let them
see that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the
And in the evening let them come back,
and make a noise like a dog, and go round the town.
Let them go wandering up and down in
search of food, and be there all night if they have not
But I will make songs of your power; yes, I will give cries
of joy for your mercy in the morning; because you have been
my strength and my high tower in the day of my trouble.
To you, O my strength, will I make my
song: because God is my high tower, even the God of my