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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 56

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For the leader; a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. on yonath elem reḥokim. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Of David. A michtam; when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1 2Have mercy on me, O God, for men persecute me; all day long my adversary oppresses me. 3My watchful foes persecute me all day long; many are my adversaries, O Exalted One. 4When I am afraid, I trust in You, 5in God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can mortals c Lit. “flesh.” do to me? 6All day long a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. they cause me grief in my affairs, ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. they plan only evil against me. 7They plot, they lie in ambush; they watch my every move, hoping for my death. 8Cast them out for their evil; subdue peoples in Your anger, O God. 9 a‐ Cf. Mishnaic Heb. kefifah, a wicker basket used in fishing. You keep count of my wanderings; put my tears into Your flask, into Your record. ‐a Cf. Mishnaic Heb. kefifah, a wicker basket used in fishing. 10Then my enemies will retreat when I call on You; this I know, that God is for me. 11In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 12in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can man do to me? 13I must pay my vows to You, O God; I will render thank offerings to You. 14For You have saved me from death, my foot from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

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a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Lit. “flesh.”

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

a‐a Cf. Mishnaic Heb. kefifah, a wicker basket used in fishing.

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