Psalm 55
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1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.1Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,2Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
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 noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
4My heart is trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.4My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.5Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
6I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?6And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;
7Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude7yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."8I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; 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 go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;
11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.11ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from 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—12For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then 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, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.
14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!14We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
15Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.15Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
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.17Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, 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.18He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.
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 will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, 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 companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated 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 speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were 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 permit the righteous to be moved.
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.23But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
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Psalm 54
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