Psalm 55
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1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.1To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,2Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
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 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 trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.4My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed 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 said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude7Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen 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 about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.11Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
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 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 is you— a man whom I treated as my equal— my personal confidant, my close friend!13But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!14We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
15Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.15Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.16As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall 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, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.18He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with 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 shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
20Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word. 20He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken 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.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 on the LORD whatever he sends your way, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.22Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer 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 thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
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