Psalm 56 J.H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Have mercy, Lord, on me, I pray, for man would me devour; He fighteth with me day by day, and troubleth me each hour.
2 My foes do daily enterprise to swallow me outright; To fight against me many rise, O thou Most High of might.
3 When they would make me sore afraid with boasts and brags of pride, I trust in thee alone for aid, by thee 1 will abide.
4 God's promise I do mind and praise, O Lord, I stick to thee; I do not care at all essays what flesh can do to me.
5 What things I either did or spake, they wrest them at their will; And all the counsel that they take is how to work me ill:
6 They all consent themselves to hide, close watch for me to lay; They spy my paths, and snares have tried to take my life away.
7 Shall they escape, on mischief set thou, God, on them wilt frown; For in thy wrath thou dost not let to throw whole kingdoms down.
8 Thou seest how oft they made me flee, and on my tears dost look; Reserve them in a glass by thee, and write them in thy book.
9 When I do call upon thy Name, my foes away do start; I well perceive it by the same that God doth take my part.
10 I glory in the word of God, to praise it I accord, With joy I will declare abroad the promise of the Lord.
11 I trust in God the Lord, and say, as I before began, The Lord he is my help and stay, I do not care for man.
12 I will perform with heart most free my vows to God always, And I, O Lord, all times to thee will offer, thanks and praise.
13 My soul from death thou dost defend, and keepst my feet upright; That I before thee may ascend with such as live in light.