Psalm 59 J.H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Send aid, and save me from my foes, O Lord, I pray to thee; Defend and keep me from all those that rise and strive with me.
2 O Lord, preserve me from those men Whose doings are not good; And set me sure and safe from them that thirst still after blood.
3 For lo, they wait my soul to take, they rage against me still; Yea, for no fault that I did make, I never did them ill.
4 They run and do themselves prepare, when I no whit offend; Arise, and save me from their snare, and see what they intend.
5 Arise, O God of Israel, smite ev'ry heathen land; And pity none that do rebel, and in their mischief stand.
6 At night they run and seek about, like dogs they howl also, And all the city quite throughout from place to place they go.
7 They speak of me with mouth alway, but in their lips are swords; They have contrived my death, and say, There's no one hears our words.
8 But, Lord, thou hast their ways espied, and thou shalt them disgrace; The heathen folk thou dost deride, and mock them to their face.
9 The strength that doth our foes withstand, O Lord, doth come from thee: Thou art, O God, my help at hand, a fort and fence to me.
10 The Lord to me doth show his grace in great abundance still, That I may see my foes in case such as my heart doth will.
The Second Part.
11 Destroy them not at once, O Lord, lest it from mind do fall; But with thy strength drive them abroad, and so consume them all.
12 For their ill words and lying tongue confound them in their pride; Their wicked oaths with lies and wrong let all the world deride.
13 That men may know throughout the world that Jacob's God doth reign. Consume them in thy wrath, O Lord, that nought of them remain;
14 At ev'ning they return apace, as dogs they grin and cry; Throughout the streets in ev'ry place they run about and spy.
15 They seek about for meat alway, but let them not be fed, Nor find a house wherein they may be bold to put their head.
16 But I will shew thy strength abroad, thy goodness I will praise; For thou art my defense and God in time of need always.
17 Thou art my strength, thou hast me stayed, O Lord, I sing to thee; Thou art my fort, my fence, and aid, a loving God to me.