Psalms 57–59

For the Music Director. To the melody of “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David when he fled from Saul in the cave.

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me!

For my soul seeks refuge in You;

in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,

until the ruinous storm passes by.

2 I will cry to God Most High,

to God who vindicates me.

3 He will send from heaven and save me

from the taunt of the one who crushes me. Selah

God will send forth His mercy and His truth.

4 My soul is among lions,

and I lie among the sons of men who blaze like fire,

whose teeth are spears and arrows,

and their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

may Your glory be above all the earth.

6 They have prepared a net for my steps;

my soul is bowed down;

they have dug a pit before me,

but they have fallen into it. Selah

7 My heart is fixed, O God,

my heart is fixed;

I will sing and give praise.

8 Awake, my glory!

Awake, psaltery and harp!

I will awake the dawn.

9 I will thank You, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing to You among the nations.

10 For Your mercy is great up to the heavens,

and Your truth extends to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

may Your glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 58

For the Music Director. To the melody of “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David.

1 Do you truly speak righteousness, O heavenly gods?

Do you judge uprightly, O earthly men?

2 Indeed, in the heart you work wickedness;

you weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

3 The wicked are estranged from the womb onward;

those who speak lies go astray from birth.

4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;

they are like the deaf adder that plugs its ear,

5 and will not listen to the voice of charmers,

even the best and wisest enchanter.

6 Break their teeth in their mouth, O God;

break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

7 May they melt away as waters which run continually;

when he bends his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be trodden under.

8 May they become as a snail that melts as it goes,

like the untimely birth of a woman, may they not see the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the thorns’ heat, green or burning,

may He sweep them away.

10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;

he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;

11 and people will say,

“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;

surely there is a God who judges on the earth.”

Psalm 59

For the Music Director. To the melody of “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men, and they watched the house to kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;

give me refuge from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,

and save me from bloodthirsty people.

3 For they lie in wait for my life;

the mighty are gathered against me,

not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord.

4 For no guilt of mine, they run and prepare themselves.

Arise to help me, and take notice.

5 You, O Lord God of Hosts, the God of Israel,

awake to punish all the nations;

do not be gracious to any wicked transgressors. Selah

6 They return at evening,

they growl like a dog,

and go around the city.

7 Indeed, they burst out with their mouth;

swords are in their lips;

for who listens?

8 But You, O Lord, will laugh at them;

You will have all the nations in derision.

9 O my strength, I will wait on You;

for God is my refuge.

10 The God of lovingkindness will go before me;

God will cause me to look in triumph on my enemies.

11 Do not slay them,

lest my people forget;

scatter them by Your power,

and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

12 For the sin of their mouth

and the words of their lips,

may they be snared by their pride,

and because of curses and lies that they speak.

13 Consume them in wrath,

consume them so they no longer exist;

and let them know that God rules in Jacob

to the ends of the earth. Selah

14 At evening they return,

and growl like a dog,

and go around the city.

15 They roam about to eat,

and if they are not satisfied, they complain.

16 But I will sing of Your power;

I will sing aloud of Your lovingkindness in the morning,

for You have been my refuge

and escape in the day of my trouble.

17 To You, O my strength, I will sing,

for God is my refuge, and the God of my lovingkindness.

Romans 4

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our father according to the flesh, has found? 2 If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4 Now to him who works, wages are not given as a gift, but as a debt. 5 But to him who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6 Even David describes the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness without works:

7 “Blessed are those

whose iniquities are forgiven,

and whose sins are covered;

8 blessed is the man

to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? We are saying that faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it credited? When he was in circumcision? Or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith that he had while being uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham, which he had while still being uncircumcised.

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his descendants received the promise that he would be the heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law become heirs, faith would be made void and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath, for where there is no law, there is no sin.

16 Therefore the promise comes through faith, so that it might be by grace, that the promise would be certain to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) before God whom he believed, and who raises the dead, and calls those things that do not exist as though they did.

18 Against all hope, he believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body to be dead (when he was about a hundred years old), nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to perform. 22 Therefore “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 Now the words, “it was credited to him,” were not written for his sake only, 24 but also for us, to whom it shall be credited if we believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered for our transgressions, and was raised for our justification.