Psalms 59
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1  For the Leader; Al-tashheth. [A Psalm] of David; Michtam; when Shaul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

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   They watched the house to kill him

Though David is being chased by Saul 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 I Samuel 19, and are ironically Saul’s son Jonathan and daughter Michal, David’s wife. When Saul confides in his son his desire to kill David, Jonathan recognizes the impending danger and warns David to hide. And when Saul sends assassins to kill David in his home, David’s wife 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 the Lord continues to save him and have mercy on him.


2  Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God; set me on high from them that rise up against me.

ב  הַצִּילֵנִי מֵאֹיְבַי אֱלֹהָי מִמִּתְקוֹמְמַי תְּשַׂגְּבֵנִי.

3  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from the men of blood.

ג  הַצִּילֵנִי מִפֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן וּמֵאַנְשֵׁי דָמִים הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי.

4  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul; the impudent gather themselves together against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Hashem.

ד  כִּי הִנֵּה אָרְבוּ לְנַפְשִׁי יָגוּרוּ עָלַי עַזִּים לֹא פִשְׁעִי וְלֹא חַטָּאתִי יְהוָה.

5  Without my fault, they run and prepare themselves; awake Thou to help me, and behold.

ה  בְּלִי עָו‍ֹן יְרֻצוּן וְיִכּוֹנָנוּ עוּרָה לִקְרָאתִי וּרְאֵה.

6  Thou therefore, O Hashem God of hosts, the God of Yisrael, arouse Thyself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to any iniquitous traitors. Selah

ו  וְאַתָּה יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָקִיצָה לִפְקֹד כָּל הַגּוֹיִם אַל תָּחֹן כָּל בֹּגְדֵי אָוֶן סֶלָה.

7  They return at evening, they howl like a dog, and go round about the city.

ז  יָשׁוּבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר.

8  Behold, they belch out with their mouth; swords are in their lips: ‘For who doth hear?’

ח  הִנֵּה יַבִּיעוּן בְּפִיהֶם חֲרָבוֹת בְּשִׂפְתוֹתֵיהֶם כִּי מִי שֹׁמֵעַ.

9  But Thou, O Hashem, shalt laugh at them; Thou shalt have all the nations in derision.

ט  וְאַתָּה יְהוָה תִּשְׂחַק לָמוֹ תִּלְעַג לְכָל גּוֹיִם.

10  Because of his strength, I will wait for Thee; for God is my high tower.

י  עֻזּוֹ אֵלֶיךָ אֶשְׁמֹרָה כִּי אֱלֹהִים מִשְׂגַּבִּי.

11  The God of my mercy will come to meet me; God will let me gaze upon mine adversaries.

יא  אֱלֹהֵי חסדו (חַסְדִּי) יְקַדְּמֵנִי אֱלֹהִים יַרְאֵנִי בְשֹׁרְרָי.

12  Slay them not, lest my people forget, make them wander to and fro by Thy power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

יב  אַל תַּהַרְגֵם פֶּן יִשְׁכְּחוּ עַמִּי הֲנִיעֵמוֹ בְחֵילְךָ וְהוֹרִידֵמוֹ מָגִנֵּנוּ אֲדֹנָי.

13  For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride, and for cursing and lying which they speak.

יג  חַטַּאת פִּימוֹ דְּבַר שְׂפָתֵימוֹ וְיִלָּכְדוּ בִגְאוֹנָם וּמֵאָלָה וּמִכַּחַשׁ יְסַפֵּרוּ.

14  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they be no more; and let them know that God ruleth in Yaakov, unto the ends of the earth. Selah

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

15  And they return at evening, they howl like a dog, and go round about the city;

טו  וְיָשֻׁבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר.

16  They wander up and down to devour, and tarry all night if they have not their fill.

טז  הֵמָּה ינועון (יְנִיעוּן) לֶאֱכֹל אִם לֹא יִשְׂבְּעוּ וַיָּלִינוּ.

17  But as for me, I will sing of Thy strength; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning; for Thou hast been my high tower, and a refuge in the day of my distress.

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

18  O my strength, unto Thee will I sing praises; for God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.

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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