Psalm 55
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1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.1God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help.
2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,2Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,
3because of the voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the wicked. They bring down evil upon me, and in anger they hate me.3because of the enemy's words, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger.
4My heart is trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.4My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me.
5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.5Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?6I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.
7Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude7How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah
8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."8I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm."
9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city;
10Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.10day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;
11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.11destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
12For it is not an enemy who insults me— I could have handled that— nor is it someone who hates me and who now arises against me— I could have hidden myself from him—12Now it is not an enemy who insults me--otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me--otherwise I could hide from him.
13but it is you— a man whom I treated as my equal— my personal confidant, my close friend!13But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend!
14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!14We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God.
15Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.15Let death take them by surprise; let them go down to Sheol alive, because evil is in their homes and within them.
16I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.16But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
17Morning, noon, and night, I mulled over these things and cried out in my distress, and he heard my voice.17I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and he hears my voice.
18He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.18Though many are against me, he will redeem me from my battle unharmed.
19God, who is enthroned from long ago, will hear me and humble them. Interlude Because they do not repent, they do not fear God.19God, the one enthroned from long ago, will hear and will humiliate them Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
20Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word. 20My friend acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant.
21His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.21His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.
22Cast on the LORD whatever he sends your way, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.22Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
23But you, God, bring them down to the Pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful people will not live out half their days. But I put my full confidence in you.23God, you will bring them down to the Pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
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Psalm 54
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