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1 To the chiefe musician Al-taschith, Michtam of Dauid: when Saul sent, and they watcht the house to kill him. Deliuer me from mine enemies, O my God: defend mee from them that rise vp against me.

2 Deliuer mee from the workers of iniquitie, and saue me from bloodie men.

3 For loe, they lye in waite for my soule; the mighty are gathered against me, not for my transgression, nor for my sinne, O Lord.

4 They runne and prepare themselues without my fault: awake to helpe me, and behold.

5 Thou therefore, O Lord God of hostes, the God of Israel, awake to visite all the heathen: be not mercifull to any wicked transgressours. Selah.

6 They returne at euening: they make a noise like a dogge, and go round about the citie.

7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lippes; for who, say they, doeth heare?

8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt haue all the heathen in derision.

9 Because of his strength will I wait vpon thee: for God is my defence.

10 The God of my mercy shall preuent me; God shall let mee see my desire vpon mine enemies.

11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them downe, O Lord our shield.

12 For the sinne of their mouth, and the words of their lips, let them euen be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speake.

13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Iacob, vnto the ends of the earth. Selah.

14 And at euening let them returne, and let them make a noise like a dogge, and goe round about the citie.

15 Let them wander vp and downe for meate, and grudge if they be not satisfied.

16 But I will sing of thy power; yea I will sing alowd of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast bene my defence and refuge, in the day of my trouble.

17 Vnto thee, O my strength, wil I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

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Commentary for Psalms 59

David prays for deliverance from his enemies. (1-7) He foresees their destruction. (8-17)

1-7 In these words we hear the voice of David when a prisoner in his own house; the voice of Christ when surrounded by his merciless enemies; the voice of the church when under bondage in the world; and the voice of the Christian when under temptation, affliction, and persecution. And thus earnestly should we pray daily, to be defended and delivered from our spiritual enemies, the temptations of Satan, and the corruptions of our own hearts. We should fear suffering as evil-doers, but not be ashamed of the hatred of workers of iniquity. It is not strange, if those regard not what they themselves say, who have made themselves believe that God regards not what they say. And where there is no fear of God, there is nothing to secure proper regard to man.

8-17 It is our wisdom and duty, in times of danger and difficulty, to wait upon God; for he is our defence, in whom we shall be safe. It is very comfortable to us, in prayer, to look to God as the God of our mercy, the Author of all good in us, and the Giver of all good to us. The wicked can never be satisfied, which is the greatest misery in a poor condition. A contented man, if he has not what he would have, yet he does not quarrel with Providence, nor fret within himself. It is not poverty, but discontent that makes a man unhappy. David would praise God because he had many times, and all along, found Him his refuge in the day of trouble. He that is all this to us, is certainly worthy of our best affections, praises, and services. The trials of his people will end in joy and praise. When the night of affliction is over, they will sing of the Lord's power and mercy in the morning. Let believers now, in assured faith and hope, praise Him for those mercies, for which they will rejoice and praise him for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 59

  • Linda
    Reading this scripture and every scripture makes me feel just like I am having a closer talk and walk with God and His Only Begotten Son Jesus.I want to get to know them before I meet them.And I want to live on God Green Earth, just like I am already living in Heaven. And it makes me want to get on with my shout and tell everybody who God is and what He is all about.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 59:7 behold they belch out with their mouth swords are in their lips for who say they doth hear--59:8--BUT THOU O LORD SHALL LAUGH AT THEM THOU SHALT HAVE ALL THE HEATHEN IN DERISION PSALM 50:16 but unto the wicked GOD saith what hast thou to do to declare my statutes or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth--50:17--SEEING THOU HATEST INSTRUCTION AND CASTEST MY WORDS BEHIND THEE
  • Beloved by Christ
    A prayer of the unborn..
    Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
    Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
    For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
    They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
  • Lou
    It is good to take comfort in these words daily. For God's Word is the Bread of nourishment for us. But too remember, though David said them, so too do they point to Christ's time here on earth. Did the soldiers of the temple come seeking is arrest at night make noise like dogs throughout the city? Yes, but Christ, though taken, beaten and killed...became The Victor! Thank God for this.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 59:7 BEHOLD THEY BELCH OUT WITH THEIR MOUTH--SWORDS ARE IN THEIR LIPS FOR WHO-SAY THEY-DOTH HEAR -59:8-BUT THOU O LORD SHALT LAUGH AT THEM THOU SHALT HAVE ALL THE HEATHEN IN DERISION *** PSALM 50:16 BUT UNTO THE WICKED GOD SAITH WHAT HAST THOU TO DO TO DECLARE MY STATUTES OR THAT THOU SHOULDEST TAKE MY COVENANT IN THY MOUTH -17-SEEING THOU HATEST INSTRUCTION AND CASTEST MY WORDS BEHIND THEE
  • Miss Favour
    This chapter gives me strength and hope

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