Psalms 57
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1  For the Leader; Al-tashheth. [A Psalm] of David; Michtam; when he fled from Shaul, in the cave.

lam-na-TZAY-akh al tash-KHAYT l’-da-VID mikh-TAM b’-vor-KHO mi-p’-NAY sha-UL ba-m’-a-RAH

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי שָׁאוּל בַּמְּעָרָה.

57:1   When he fled from Saul, in the cave

Even in the wilderness of Ein Gedi, David is chased down by Saul, as someone informed the king of his location. Saul takes 3,000 soldiers and plans to destroy David once and for all. The Bible records (I Samuel 24) that Saul goes into a cave to relieve himself, unaware that David is hiding there. Though he has the opportunity, David does not kill Saul. Rather, he cuts off a piece of Saul’s royal garment and then confronts Saul, stating that he had the chance to kill him but did not. Saul breaks down and weeps, hugging David and wishing him only well, until the next time he seeks to kill him once again. David chooses to show restraint and respect for the king of Israel despite being continually chased by him. This psalm is another testimony of the Lord’s salvation and David’s acknowledgment of God’s constant protection.

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2  Be gracious unto me, O God, be gracious unto me, for in Thee hath my soul taken refuge; yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I take refuge, until calamities be overpast.

ב  חָנֵּנִי אֱלֹהִים חָנֵּנִי כִּי בְךָ חָסָיָה נַפְשִׁי וּבְצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ אֶחְסֶה עַד יַעֲבֹר הַוּוֹת.

3  I will cry unto God Most high; unto God that accomplisheth it for me.

ג  אֶקְרָא לֵאלֹהִים עֶלְיוֹן לָאֵל גֹּמֵר עָלָי.

4  He will send from heaven, and save me, when he that would swallow me up taunteth; Selah God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

ד  יִשְׁלַח מִשָּׁמַיִם וְיוֹשִׁיעֵנִי חֵרֵף שֹׁאֲפִי סֶלָה יִשְׁלַח אֱלֹהִים חַסְדּוֹ וַאֲמִתּוֹ.

5  My soul is among lions, I do lie down among them that are aflame; even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

ה  נַפְשִׁי בְּתוֹךְ לְבָאִם אֶשְׁכְּבָה לֹהֲטִים בְּנֵי אָדָם שִׁנֵּיהֶם חֲנִית וְחִצִּים וּלְשׁוֹנָם חֶרֶב חַדָּה.

6  Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; Thy glory be above all the earth.

ו  רוּמָה עַל הַשָּׁמַיִם אֱלֹהִים עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ כְּבוֹדֶךָ.

7  They have prepared a net for my steps, my soul is bowed down; they have digged a pit before me, they are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

ז  רֶשֶׁת הֵכִינוּ לִפְעָמַי כָּפַף נַפְשִׁי כָּרוּ לְפָנַי שִׁיחָה נָפְלוּ בְתוֹכָהּ סֶלָה.

8  My heart is stedfast, O God, my heart is stedfast; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises.

ח  נָכוֹן לִבִּי אֱלֹהִים נָכוֹן לִבִּי אָשִׁירָה וַאֲזַמֵּרָה.

9  Awake, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp; I will awake the dawn.

ט  עוּרָה כְבוֹדִי עוּרָה הַנֵּבֶל וְכִנּוֹר אָעִירָה שָּׁחַר.

10  I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises unto Thee among the nations.

י  אוֹדְךָ בָעַמִּים אֲדֹנָי אֲזַמֶּרְךָ בַּלְאֻמִּים.

11  For Thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and Thy truth unto the skies.

יא  כִּי גָדֹל עַד שָׁמַיִם חַסְדֶּךָ וְעַד שְׁחָקִים אֲמִתֶּךָ.

12  Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; Thy glory be above all the earth.

יב  רוּמָה עַל שָׁמַיִם אֱלֹהִים עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ כְּבוֹדֶךָ.

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