Psalm 56

1 O God, have mercy on me,
      for people are hounding me.
      My foes attack me all day long.
2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
      and many are boldly attacking me.
3 But when I am afraid,
      I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised.
      I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
      What can mere mortals do to me?

5 They are always twisting what I say;
      they spend their days plotting to harm me.
6 They come together to spy on me—
      watching my every step, eager to kill me.
7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
      in your anger, O God, bring them down.

8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
      You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
      You have recorded each one in your book.

9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
      This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
      Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
      What can mere mortals do to me?

12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
      and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
      you have kept my feet from slipping.
   So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
      in your life-giving light.

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