Psalm 54 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

  1. Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might.
  2. Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.
  3. Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— people without regard for God.[c]
  4. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
  5. Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.
  6. I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
  7. You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.


a. Psalm 54:1 In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.
b. Psalm 54:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
c. Psalm 54:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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Psalm 54 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphim came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?

  1. Save me, O God, by thy name, And judge me by thy strength.
  2. Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.
  3. For strangers are risen up against me, And oppressors seek after my soul: They have not set God before them. Selah.
  4. Behold, God is mine helper: The Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
  5. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: Cut them off in thy truth.
  6. I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
  7. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: And mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.