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Psalms 57:1


For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2  a prayer 3  of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave. 4  Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me! For in you I have taken shelter. 5  In the shadow of your wings 6  I take shelter until trouble passes.


Ru 2:12; 1Sa 22:1; 1Sa 24:3,8; Ps 9:10; Ps 13:5; Ps 17:7,8; Ps 36:7; Ps 56:1; Ps 58:1; Ps 59:1; Ps 61:4; Ps 63:7; Ps 69:13-16; Ps 91:1,4,9; Ps 119:76,77; Ps 125:1; Ps 142:1; Isa 10:25; Isa 26:20; Isa 50:10; Mt 24:22; Lu 13:34; Joh 16:20; Jas 5:10,11; Re 7:14; Re 21:4

NET © Notes

sn Psalm 57. The psalmist asks for God’s protection and expresses his confidence that his ferocious enemies will be destroyed by their own schemes.

tn Heb “do not destroy.” Perhaps this refers to a particular style of music, a tune title, or a musical instrument. These words also appear in the heading to Pss 58-59, 75.

tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew word מִכְתָּם (miktam), which also appears in the heading to Pss 16, 56, 58-60 is uncertain. HALOT 582-83 s.v. defines it as “inscription.”

sn According to the superscription, David wrote this psalm on the occasion when he fled from Saul and hid in “the cave.” This probably refers to either the incident recorded in 1 Sam 22:1 or to the one recorded in 1 Sam 24:3.

tn Heb “my life has taken shelter.” The Hebrew perfect verbal form probably refers here to a completed action with continuing results.

sn In the shadow of your wings. The metaphor likens God to a protective mother bird (see also Pss 17:8; 36:7).

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