Psalm 55:6
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New International Version
I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

New Living Translation
Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!

English Standard Version
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;

New American Standard Bible
I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

King James Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.

International Standard Version
I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?

NET Bible
I say, "I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!

New Heart English Bible
I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove. Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I said, “Who would give me wings like a dove?” I had flown and I would have rested.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove- I would fly away and find rest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I said: 'Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

New American Standard 1977
And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
            I would fly away and be at rest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away and be at rest.

King James 2000 Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American King James Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American Standard Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest?

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest;

English Revised Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest.

World English Bible
I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Who doth give to me a pinion as a dove? I fly away and rest,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
55:1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest.
Study Bible
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
5Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. 6I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.…
Cross References
Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Jeremiah 9:2
Oh that I had in the desert A wayfarers' lodging place; That I might leave my people And go from them! For all of them are adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.

Jeremiah 48:28
"Leave the cities and dwell among the crags, O inhabitants of Moab, And be like a dove that nests Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
Treasury of Scripture

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

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