1 «To the chief Musician, Altaschith,Or, a certain tune.Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.»Though his enemies were even at hand to destroy him, yet he assures himself that God had ways to deliver him.Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliuer me from the wicked doers, and saue me from the bloody men.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not [for] myFor I am innocent toward them, and have not offended them.transgression, nor [for] my sin, O LORD.
4 They runne and prepare themselues without a fault on my part: arise therefore to assist me, and beholde.
5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be notSeeing it belongs to God's judgments to punish the wicked, he desires God to execute his vengeance on the reprobate, who maliciously persecutes his Church.merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6 They return at evening: they make a noise like aHe compares their cruelty to hungry dogs showing that they are never weary in doing evil.dog, and go round about the city.
7 Behold, theyThey boast openly in their wicked devises, and every word is as a sword: for they neither fear God nor are ashamed of men.belch out with their mouth: swords [are] in their lips: for who, [say they], doth hear?
8 But thou, O Lord, shalt haue them in derision, and thou shalt laugh at all the heathen.
9 Though Saul has great power, yet I know that you bridle him: therefore I will patiently hope in you.[Because of] his strength will I wait upon thee: for God [is] my defence.
10 The God of my mercy shallHe will not fail to help me when need requires.prevent me: God shall let me see [my desire] upon mine enemies.
11 Slay themAltogether, but little by little, that the people seeing your judgments often, may be mindful of you.not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 [For] the sin of their mouth [and] the words of their lips let them even beThat in their misery and shame they may be as glasses and examples of God's vengeance.taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying [which] they speak.
13 When your time will come, and when they have sufficiently served for an example of your vengeance to others.Consume [them] in wrath, consume [them], that they [may] not [be]: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 And at evening let themHe mocks their vain enterprises, being assured that they will not bring their purpose to pass.return; [and] let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15 They shall runne here and there for meate: and surely they shall not be satisfied, though they tary all night.
16 But I will sing of thyWho used the policy of a weak woman to confound the enemies strength, (1Sa_19:12).power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O myConfessing himself to be void of all virtue and strength, he attributes the whole to God.strength, will I sing: for God [is] my defence, [and] the God of my mercy.