Psalm 56.  Miserere mei, Deus

In the shadow of thy wings

In content, this Psalm is the continuation of the previous song.  Trust in God wins out.  This Psalm, too, we can very well sing in the name of the Church: Thy kingdom come!

In danger, hide in God

Miserére mei, Deus, miserére mei: * quóniam in te confídit ánima mea.
2  Et in umbra alárum tuárum sperábo: * donec tránseat iníquitas.
3  Clamábo ad Deum altíssimum: * Deum, qui benefécit mihi.
 Misit de cælo, et liberávit me: * dedit in oppróbrium conculcántes me.
5  Misit Deus misericórdiam suam, et veritátem suam, * et erípuit ánimam meam de médio catulórum leónum: dormívi conturbátus.
6  Fílii hóminum dentes eórum arma et sagíttæ: * et lingua eórum gládius acútus.
7  Exaltáre super cælos, Deus: * et in omnem terram glória tua.

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; * for my soul trusteth in thee.
2  And under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this wickedness be overpast.
3  I will call unto the Most High God, * even unto the God that hath done unto me good things.
4  He hath sent from heaven, and delivered me : * he hath made them a reproach that trod upon me.
5  God hath sent forth his mercy and truth: * and he hath delivered my soul from the midst of the young lions; in confusion did I sleep.
6  The children of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows : * and their tongue a sharp sword.
7  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; * and thy glory in all the earth.

Consolation and security

8  Láqueum paravérunt pédibus meis: * et incurvavérunt ánimam meam.
9  Fodérunt ante fáciem meam fóveam: * et incidérunt in eam.
10  Parátum cor meum, Deus, parátum cor meum: * cantábo, et psalmum dicam.

8  They have laid a net for my feet, * and pressed down my soul.
9  They have digged a pit before me, * and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.
10  My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready; * I will sing and give praise.

In thanksgiving for God's aid

11  Exsúrge, glória mea, exsúrge psaltérium et cíthara: * exsúrgam dilúculo.
12  Confitébor tibi in pópulis, Dómine: * et psalmum dicam tibi in Géntibus :
13  Quóniam magnificáta est usque ad cælos misericórdia tua, * et usque ad nubes véritas tua.
14  Exaltáre super cælos, Deus: * et super omnem terram glória tua.

11  Arise, O my glory; arise, lute and harp: * I myself will arise right early.
12  I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the peoples; * and I will sing a psalm unto thee among the nations.
13  For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens, * and thy truth unto the clouds.
14  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; * and thy glory above all the earth.