1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; [b]Defend me from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, And save me from bloodthirsty men.
3 For look, they lie in wait for my life; The mighty gather against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
4 They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold!
5 You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the [c]nations; Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah
6 At evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city.
7 Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, “Who hears?”
8 But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the [d]nations in derision.
9 I will wait for You, O You [e]his Strength; For God is my [f]defense.
10 [g]My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
11 Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Your power, And bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah
14 And at evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city.
15 They wander up and down for food, And [h]howl if they are not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.
PSALM 60 1 O God, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; Oh, restore us again! 2 You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; Heal its breaches, for it is shaking. 3 You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.
4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah 5 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and hear me.
6 God has spoken in His holiness: “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem And measure out the Valley of Succoth. 7 Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. 8 Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
9 Who will bring me to the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies? 11 Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. 12 Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.
Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection To the Chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name. 6 You will prolong the king’s life, His years as many generations. 7 He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.
Contemporary English Version
1 Save me, God! Protect me from enemy attacks! 2 Keep me safe from brutal people who want to kill me. 3 Merciless enemies, Lord, are hiding and plotting, hoping to kill me. I have not hurt them in any way at all. 4 But they are ready to attack. Do something! Help me! Look at what’s happening. 5 Lord God All-Powerful, you are the God of Israel. Punish the other nations and don’t pity those terrible and rebellious people. 6 My enemies return at evening, growling like dogs roaming the city. 7 They curse and their words cut like swords, as they say to themselves, “No one can hear us!” 8 You, Lord, laugh at them and sneer at the nations. 9 You are my mighty fortress, and I depend on you. 10 You love me and will let me see my enemies defeated. 11 Don’t kill them, or everyone may forget! Just use your mighty power to make them tremble and fall. You are a shield for your people. 12 My enemies are liars! So let them be trapped by their boastful lies. 13 Get angry and destroy them. Leave them in ruin. Then all the nations will know that you rule in Israel. 14 Those liars return at evening, growling like dogs roaming the city. 15 They search for scraps of food, and they snarl until they are stuffed. 16 But I will sing about your strength, my God, and I will celebrate because of your love. You are my fortress, my place of protection in times of trouble. 17 I will sing your praises! You are my mighty fortress, and you love me.
PSALM 60 1 You, God, are angry with us! We are rejected and crushed. Make us strong again! 2 You made the earth shake and split wide open; now heal its wounds and stop its trembling. 3 You brought hard times on your people, and you gave us wine that made us stagger. 4 You gave a signal to those who worship you, so they could escape from enemy arrows. 5 Answer our prayers! Use your powerful arm and give us victory. Then the people you love will be safe. 6 Our God, you solemnly promised, “I would gladly divide up the city of Shechem and give away Succoth Valley piece by piece. 7 The lands of Gilead and Manasseh are mine. Ephraim is my war helmet, and Judah is the symbol of my royal power. 8 Moab is merely my washbasin. Edom belongs to me, and I shout in triumph over the Philistines.” 9 Our God, who will bring me to the fortress, or lead me to Edom? 10 Have you rejected us and deserted our armies? 11 Help us defeat our enemies! No one else can rescue us. 12 You will give us victory and crush our enemies.
PSALM 61 1 Please listen, God, and answer my prayer! 2 I feel hopeless, and I cry out to you from a faraway land. Lead me to the mighty rock high above me. 3 You are a strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies. 4 Let me live with you forever and find protection under your wings, my God. 5 You heard my promises, and you have blessed me, just as you bless everyone who worships you. 6 Let the king have a long and healthy life. 7 May he always rule with you, God, at his side; may your love and loyalty watch over him. 8 I will sing your praises forever and will always keep my promises.