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Ketuvim - Writings


Chapter 56

1 For the Leader; upon Jonath-elem-rehokim. A Psalm of David; Michtam; when the Philistines took him in Gath.
2 Be gracious unto me, O G-d, for man would swallow me up; all the day he fighting oppresseth me.
3 They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up all the day; for they are many that fight against me, O Most High,
4 In the day that I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.
5 In G-d--I will praise His word--in G-d do I trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do unto me?
6 All the day they trouble mine affairs; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
7 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps; according as they have waited for my soul.
8 Because of iniquity cast them out; in anger bring down the peoples, O G-d.
9 Thou has counted my wanderings; put Thou my tears into Thy bottle; are they not in Thy book?
10 Then shall mine enemies turn back in the day that I call; this I know, that G-d is for me.
11 In G-d--I will praise His word--in HaShem--I will praise His word--
12 In G-d do I trust, I will not be afraid; what can man do unto me?
13 Thy vows are upon me, O G-d; I will render thank-offerings unto Thee.
14 For thou hast delivered my soul from death; hast Thou not delivered my feet from stumbling? that I may walk before G-d in the light of the living?
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