Psalm 55
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1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.1For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,2hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
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 my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
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 on me.
5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.5Fear and trembling have beset 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, "Oh, that I had the wings of 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. Interlude7I would flee far away and stay in the desert;
8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."8I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm."
9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, 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 prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.11Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its 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—12If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
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 myself, my companion, my close friend,
14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!14with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
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 my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
16I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.16As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
17Morning, noon, and night, I mulled over these things and cried out in my distress, and he heard my voice.17Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, 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 rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose 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, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change-- he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.
20Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word. 20My companion attacks his friends; 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 talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet 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 cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous 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.23But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
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