Psalm 55
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1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.1For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song by David. Listen, O God, to my prayer! Do not ignore my appeal for mercy!
2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,2Pay attention to me and answer me! I am so upset and distressed, I am beside myself,
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 what the enemy says, and because of how the wicked pressure me, for they hurl trouble down upon me and angrily attack me.
4My heart is trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.4My heart beats violently within me; the horrors of death overcome me.
5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.5Fear and panic overpower me; terror overwhelms me.
6I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?6I say, "I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
7Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude7Look, I will escape to a distant place; I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."8I will hurry off to a place that is safe from the strong wind and the gale."
9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Confuse them, O Lord! Frustrate their plans! For I see violence and conflict in the city.
10Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.10Day and night they walk around on its walls, while wickedness and destruction are within it.
11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.11Disaster is within it; violence and deceit do not depart from its public square.
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—12Indeed, it is not an enemy who insults me, or else I could bear it; it is not one who hates me who arrogantly taunts me, or else 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 like me, my close friend in whom I confided.
14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!14We would share personal thoughts with each other; in God's temple we would walk together among the crowd.
15Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.15May death destroy them! May they go down alive into Sheol! For evil is in their dwelling place and in their midst.
16I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.16As for me, I will call out to God, and the LORD will deliver me.
17Morning, noon, and night, I mulled over these things and cried out in my distress, and he heard my voice.17During the evening, morning, and noontime I will lament and moan, and he will hear me.
18He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.18He will rescue me and protect me from those who attack me, even though they greatly outnumber 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, the one who has reigned as king from long ago, will hear and humiliate them. (Selah) They refuse to change, and do not fear God.
20Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word. 20He attacks his friends; he breaks his solemn promises to them.
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 words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords.
22Cast on the LORD whatever he sends your way, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.22Throw your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be upended.
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 bring them down to the deep Pit. Violent and deceitful people will not live even half a normal lifespan. But as for me, I trust in you.
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Psalm 54
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