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Psalm 57

In You My Soul Takes Refuge
(1 Samuel 22:1–5; Psalm 108:1–13; Psalm 142:1–7)

For the choirmaster. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam a of David, when he fled from Saul into the cave.

1Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy,

for in You my soul takes refuge.

In the shadow of Your wings I will take shelter

until the danger has passed.

2 I cry out to God Most High, b 

to God who fulfills His purpose for me.

3 He reaches down from heaven and saves me;

He rebukes those who trample me.


God sends forth

His loving devotion and His truth.

4 My soul is among the lions;

I lie down with ravenous beasts—

with men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

may Your glory cover all the earth.

6 They spread a net for my feet;

my soul was despondent.

They dug a pit before me,

but they themselves have fallen into it!


7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast.

I will sing and make music.

8 Awake, my glory! c 

Awake, O harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;

I will sing Your praises among the peoples.

10 For Your loving devotion reaches to the heavens,

and Your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

may Your glory cover all the earth.



1 a Miktam is probably a musical or liturgical term; used for Psalms 16 and 56–60.
2 b Hebrew Elohim-Elyon
8 c Or Awake, my soul!

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