Psalm 55
King James 2000

To the Chief Musician on neginoth, a maschil.
A Song of David.
A Cry Against Deceitful Friends

1Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication.

2Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

3Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

4My heart is greatly pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me.

6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

7Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

9Destroy, O Lord, and confuse their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

13But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my close friend.

14We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

15Let death seize upon them, and let them go down alive into the grave: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

16As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many against me.

19God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abides of old. Selah. Because they do not change, therefore they fear not God.

20He has put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him: he has broken his covenant.

21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

22Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

23But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in you.

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