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(A)A Prayer of Trust in God[a]

56 Be merciful to me, O God,
    because I am under attack;
    my enemies persecute me all the time.
All day long my opponents attack me.
    There are so many who fight against me.
When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty,
    I put my trust in you.
I trust in God and am not afraid;
    I praise him for what he has promised.
    What can a mere human being do to me?

My enemies make trouble for me all day long;
    they are always thinking up some way to hurt me!
They gather in hiding places
    and watch everything I do,
    hoping to kill me.
Punish[b] them, O God, for their evil;
    defeat those people in your anger!

You know how troubled I am;
    you have kept a record of my tears.
    Aren't they listed in your book?
The day I call to you,
    my enemies will be turned back.
I know this: God[c] is on my side—
10     the Lord, whose promises I praise.
11 In him I trust, and I will not be afraid.
    What can a mere human being do to me?

12 O God, I will offer you what I have promised;
    I will give you my offering of thanksgiving,
13 because you have rescued me from death
    and kept me from defeat.
And so I walk in the presence of God,
    in the light that shines on the living.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 56:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David, after the Philistines captured him in Gath.
  2. Psalm 56:7 Probable text Punish; Hebrew Save.
  3. Psalm 56:9 I know this: God; or Because I know that God.

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