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Psalm 56

Miserere mei, Deus

Be merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour me; he is daily fighting, and troubling me. Mine enemies are daily at hand to swallow me up; for they be many that fight against me, O thou Most Highest. Nevertheless, though I am sometimes afraid, yet put I my trust in thee. I because of his word; I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me. They daily mistake my words; all that they imagine is to do me evil. They hold all together, and keep themselves close, and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul. Shall they escape for their wickedness? Thou, O God, in thy displeasure shalt cast them down.

Thou tellest my flittings; put my tears into thy bottle. Are not these things noted in thy book? Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight. This I know, for God is on my side. In God’s word will I rejoice; in the Lord’s word will I comfort me. Yea, in God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows; unto thee will I give thanks. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

The coverdale translation edited by W.S. Peterson and Valerie Macys — used with permission.