F2  X  Z  l  1. Repetition. Prayer.
           m  2,3-. Resolve. "I will cry".
            n  -3. Mercy and truth. Sent.
             A  4. Enemies.
              Y  5. "Be You exalted".
    X        A  6. Enemies.
       Z  l  7-. Repetition. Praise.
           m  -7-9. Resolve. "I will sing".
            n  10. "Mercy and truth". Great.
              Y  11. "Be You exalted".

(To the chief Musician, Destroy not. Engraving to David when he fled from Saul in the cave.)

(Cp. 1 Sam. 22:1. Probably at En-gedi [1 Sam. 24:7,8; 26:9. 2 Sam. 24;16,17. Same word as in 2 Sam. 1:14. Isa. 65:8. Cp. 1 Chron. 21:12,15.], where David probably used the words "Al-tashith" = Destroy not.)

964 B.C.
Psalm 57)

1 Be gracious (or favorable) to me, O God, be merciful to me:
For my soul has fled for refuge to You:
Yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I make my refuge,
Until these calamities be overpast. (Or, Until one shall have overpast these calamities.)

2 I will cry to God Most High;
To God that brings to pass, and perfects (or completes) all things on my behalf.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me
From the reproach of him that would swallow me up. (See 56:1) Selah. (Connecting and emphasizing by repetition David's confidence [that God would assuredly send deliverance], with and because of His loving-kindness and truth)

God shall send forth His loving-kindness (or grace) and His truth.

4 My soul is among lions:
And I lie even among them that are set on fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be You exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let 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, (Cp. 7:15)
Into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. (Connecting the bitterness of his enemies with his assured confidence in God.)

7 My heart is steadfast (Contrast 78:37), O God, my heart is fixed:

I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory (put for the tongue or the heart which gives the glory); awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples:
I will sing praise to You among the nations.

10 For Your loving-kindness (or grace) is great unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the skies.

11 Be You exalted, O God, above the heavens:
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

(To the chief Musician, Destroy not.)

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