New English Translation
For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; a prayer of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave.
1 Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me! For in you I have taken shelter. In the shadow of your wings I take shelter until trouble passes.
2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, to the God who vindicates me.
3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me from my enemies who hurl insults! (Selah) May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
4 I am surrounded by lions; I lie down among those who want to devour me; men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are a sharp sword.
5 Rise up above the sky, O God! May your splendor cover the whole earth!
6 They have prepared a net to trap me; I am discouraged. They have dug a pit for me. They will fall into it! (Selah)
7 I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!
8 Awake, my soul! Awake, O stringed instrument and harp! I will wake up at dawn!
9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master! I will sing praises to you before foreigners!
10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
11 Rise up above the sky, O God! May your splendor cover the whole earth!
King James Version
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.
1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.