Psalm 55
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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.1God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help.
2Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;2Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,
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.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 sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.4My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me.
5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.5Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.6I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.
7Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.7How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah
8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.8I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm."
9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for 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 go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.10day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;
11Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.11destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
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: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 was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.13But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend!
14We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.14We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God.
15Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, 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.
16As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.16But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.17I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and he hears my voice.
18He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.18Though many are against me, he will redeem me from my battle unharmed.
19God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not 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.
20He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.20My friend acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant.
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.21His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.
22Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.22Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
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.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.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Psalm 54
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