1 «To the chief Musician,Read (Psa_57:1).Altaschith, A Psalm [or] Song of Asaph.» Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, [unto thee] do we give thanks: for [that] thy name is nearHe declares how the faithful will always have opportunity to praise God, as in their need they will feel his power at hand to help them.thy wondrous works declare.
2 When I see my time (says God) to help your miseries, I will come and set all things in good order.When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillarsThough all things are brought to ruin, yet I can restore and preserve them.of it. Selah.
4 I saide vnto the foolish, Be not so foolish, and to the wicked, Lift not vp the horne.
5 Lift not up yourThe prophet warns the wicked that they would not set themselves against God's people, seeing that God at his time destroys them who rule wickedly.horn on high: speak [not with] a stiff neck.
6 For to come to preferment is neither from the East, nor from the West, nor from the South,
7 But God is the iudge: he maketh lowe and he maketh hie.
8 For in the hand of the LORD [there is] aGod's wrath is compared to a cup of strong and delicate wine, with which the wicked are made so drunk that by drinking till they come to the very dregs they are utterly destroyed.cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring [them] out, [and] drink [them].
9 But I will declare for euer, and sing prayses vnto the God of Iaakob.
10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; [but] the horns of theThe godly will better prosper by their innocent simplicity, than the wicked will by all their craft and subtilty.righteous shall be exalted.