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Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”

  1 Save me, O God, by aYour name,
  And Ivindicate me by bYour power.
  2 aHear my prayer, O God;
  bGive ear to the words of my mouth.
  3 For strangers have arisen against me
  And bviolent men have csought my Ilife;
  They have dnot set God before them.
      IISelah.

[1] Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm 1S 23:19; 26:1 ILit judge aPs 20:1 b2Ch 20:6
[2] aPs 17:6; 55:1 bPs 5:1
[3] IOr soul IISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude aPs 86:14 bPs 18:48; 86:14; 140:1, 4, 11 c1S 20:1; 25:29; Ps 40:14; 63:9; 70:2 dPs 36:1

  4 ¶ Behold, aGod is my helper;
  The Lord is Ithe bsustainer of my soul.
  5 IHe will arecompense the evil to IImy foes;
  IIIbDestroy them cin Your IVfaithfulness.

[4] ILit as those who sustain aPs 30:10; 37:40; 118:7 bPs 37:17, 24; 41:12; 51:12; 145:14; Is 41:10
[5] ILit The evil will return IIOr those who lie in wait for me IIIOr Put to silence IVOr truth aPs 94:23 bPs 143:12 cPs 89:49; 96:13; Is 42:3

  6IaWillingly I will sacrifice to You;
  I will give bthanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.
  7 For IHe has adelivered me from all IItrouble,
  And my eye has blooked [with satisfaction] upon my enemies.

[6] IOr With a freewill offering aNu 15:3; Ps 116:17 bPs 50:14
[7] IOr it; i.e. His name IIOr distress aPs 34:6 bPs 59:10; 92:11; 112:8; 118:7


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David, complaining of the Ziphims, prayeth for salvation.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?]] Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

[1] Ps 26:1; 43:1; 99:4; Pv 23:11; Jr 50:34.
[2] Ps 5:1; 13:3; 55:1; 130:2; 143:7.
[3] Jb 19:13; Ps 16:8; 22:16; 36:1; 53:4; 59:3; 69:8; 86:14; Mt 27:20; Jn 16:3.

Upon his confidence in God's help he promiseth sacrifice.

4 Behold, God [is] mine helper: the Lord [is] with them that uphold my soul. 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for [it is] good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen [his desire] upon mine enemies.

[4] 1Ch 12:18; Ps 118:6, 13; Is 41:10; 42:1; 50:7; Ro 8:31; He 13:6.
[5] Ps 5:8; 27:11; 31:23; 89:49; 137:8; 143:1, 12; 2Ti 4:14; Rv 18:6.
[6] Dt 12:6; Ps 7:17; 21:13; 52:9; 66:13; 92:1; 107:22; 116:17; 140:13; 147:1.
[7] Gn 48:16; 1S 26:24; 2S 4:9; Ps 34:19; 37:34; 58:10; 59:10; 91:8; 92:11; 112:8; 2Ti 4:18.


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