Psalms 59
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1  For the leader; al tashcheth. Of David. A michtam; when Shaul sent men to watch his house in order to put him to death.

lam-na-TZAY-akh al tash-KHAYT l’-da-VID mikh-TAM bish-LO-akh sha-UL va-yish-m’-RU et ha-BA-yit la-ha-mee-TO

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל־תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בִּשְׁלֹחַ שָׁאוּל וַיִּשְׁמְרוּ אֶת־הַבַּיִת לַהֲמִיתוֹ׃

59:1   To watch his house in order to put him to death

Although he is being chased by Shaul who openly states his desire to kill him, David is saved by individuals who love him and seek his welfare. Two such personalities appear in Shmuel I 19, and are, ironically, Shaul’s son Yonatan and his daughter Michal, David’s wife. When Shaul reveals his desire to kill David to his son, Yonatan recognizes the impending danger and warns David to hide. And when Shaul sends assassins to kill David in his home, Michal lowers her husband from the bedroom window by a rope and saves him from harm. David concludes his psalm with a declaration that he will continue to sing of God’s greatness, since Hashem continues to save him and have mercy on him.1 comment

2  Save me from my enemies, O my God; secure me against my assailants.

ב  הַצִּילֵנִי מֵאֹיְבַי אֱלֹהָי מִּמִתְקוֹמְמַי תְּשַׂגְּבֵנִי׃

3  Save me from evildoers; deliver me from murderers.

ג  הַצִּילֵנִי מִפֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן וּמֵאַנְשֵׁי דָמִים הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי׃

4  For see, they lie in wait for me; fierce men plot against me for no offense of mine, for no transgression, Hashem;

ד  כִּי הִנֵּה אָרְבוּ לְנַפְשִׁי יָגוּרוּ עָלַי עַזִים לֹא־פִשְׁעִי וְלֹא־חַטָּאתִי יְהֹוָה׃

5  for no guilt of mine, do they rush to array themselves against me. Look, rouse Yourself on my behalf!

ה  בְּלִי־עָוׂן יְרוּצוּן וְיִכּוֹנָנוּ עוּרָה לִקְרָאתִי וּרְאֵה׃

6  You, O lord God of hosts, God of Yisrael, bestir Yourself to bring all nations to account; have no mercy on any treacherous villain. Selah.

ו  וְאַתָּה יְהֹוָה־אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָקִיצָה לִפְקֹד כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם אַל־תָּחֹן כָּל־בֹּגְדֵי אָוֶן סֶלָה׃

7  They come each evening growling like dogs, roaming the city.

ז  יָשׁוּבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר׃

8  They rave with their mouths, sharp words are on their lips; [they think,] “Who hears?”

ח  הִנֵּה יַבִּיעוּן בְּפִיהֶם חֲרָבוֹת בְּשִׂפְתוֹתֵיהֶם כִּי־מִי שֹׁמֵעַ׃

9  But You, Hashem, laugh at them; You mock all the nations.

ט  וְאַתָּה יְהֹוָה תִּשְׂחַק־לָמוֹ תִּלְעַג לְכָל־גּוֹיִם׃

10  O my strength, I wait for You; for Hashem is my haven.

י  עֻזּוֹ אֵלֶיךָ אֶשְׁמֹרָה כִּי־אֱלֹהִים מִשְׂגַּבִּי׃

11  My faithful God will come to aid me; Hashem will let me gloat over my watchful foes.

יא  אֱלֹהֵי חסדו [חַסְדִּי] יְקַדְּמֵנִי אֱלֹהִים יַרְאֵנִי בְשֹׁרְרָי׃

12  Do not kill them lest my people be unmindful; with Your power make wanderers of them; bring them low, O our shield, Hashem,

יב  אַל־תַּהַרְגֵם פֶּן־יִשְׁכְּחוּ עַמִּי הֲנִיעֵמוֹ בְחֵילְךָ וְהוֹרִידֵמוֹ מָגִנֵּנוּ אֲדֹנָי׃

13  because of their sinful mouths, the words on their lips. Let them be trapped by their pride, and by the imprecations and lies they utter.

יג  חַטַּאת־פִּימוֹ דְּבַר־שְׂפָתֵימוֹ וְיִלָּכְדוּ בִגְאוֹנָם וּמֵאָלָה וּמִכַּחַשׁ יְסַפֵּרוּ׃

14  In Your fury put an end to them; put an end to them that they be no more; that it may be known to the ends of the earth that Hashem does rule over Yaakov. Selah.

יד  כַּלֵּה בְחֵמָה כַּלֵּה וְאֵינֵמוֹ וְיֵדְעוּ כִּי־אֱלֹהִים מֹשֵׁל בְּיַעֲקֹב לְאַפְסֵי הָאָרֶץ סֶלָה׃

15  They come each evening growling like dogs, roaming the city.

טו  וְיָשׁוּבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר׃

16  They wander in search of food; and whine if they are not satisfied.

טז  הֵמָּה ינועון [יְנִיעוּן] לֶאֱכֹל אִם־לֹא יִשְׂבְּעוּ וַיָּלִינוּ׃

17  But I will sing of Your strength, extol each morning Your faithfulness; for You have been my haven, a refuge in time of trouble.

יז  וַאֲנִי אָשִׁיר עֻזֶּךָ וַאֲרַנֵּן לַבֹּקֶר חַסְדֶּךָ כִּי־הָיִיתָ מִשְׂגָּב לִי וּמָנוֹס בְּיוֹם צַר־לִי׃

18  O my strength, to You I sing hymns; for Hashem is my haven, my faithful Hashem.

יח  עֻזִּי אֵלֶיךָ אֲזַמֵּרָה כִּי־אֱלֹהִים מִשְׂגַּבִּי אֱלֹהֵי חַסְדִּי׃

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  • By the Grace of God, David is a very well loved man. David will later realize this. However we must get back to our story. There are two such people, loved by him who love him greatly in return. His wife Michal, who latter we find must really have some strong arms on her and Jonathan, Saul's own son together warn and help David escape from Suals attemp tp Kill David. Latter Davids wife as mentioned with her strong arms, perhapes even though not mentioned with Jonathan's help lower him out of the window to his escape from the bedroom window of Davids home. David continues his song of praise and why would he not? He realizes boy i am one lucky child of my father God. He has indeed shown me such favor and love. David will continue to sing of God's greatness and praise him continuale. God has shown great mercy on his soul.

    I praise God always even in the bad times when pain is at it hardest and my soul cries out the loudest. I know He is there and will never let me bear more than I can handle. Just as David is begining to realize. Carl Coglianese

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