Vindicate me 5 by your power!
54:2 O God, listen to my prayer!
Pay attention to what I say! 6
ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. 9 (Selah)
3 tn Heb “Is not David hiding with us?”
sn According to the superscription, David wrote this psalm during the period when Saul was seeking his life. On one occasion the Ziphites informed Saul that David was hiding in their territory (see 1 Sam 23:19-20).
4 tn God’s “name” refers here to his reputation and revealed character, which would instill fear in the psalmist’s enemies (see C. A. Briggs and E. G. Briggs, Psalms [ICC], 2:17).
5 tn The imperfect verbal form is used here to express the psalmist’s wish or request.
6 tn Heb “to the words of my mouth.”
7 tc Many medieval Hebrew
8 tn Heb “rise against me.”
9 tn Heb “and ruthless ones seek my life, they do not set God in front of them.”