Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by. (Psalm 57:1)

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me:
the calamity is so grave that the psalmist is repeating himself.

And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge:
though the hawk flies high the chicks are safe under the wings of the mother hen.

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