Psalm 55
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1Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help!1Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
2Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.2Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
3My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.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 pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me.4My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.5Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
6Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!6And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;
7I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude7yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
8How quickly I would escape— far from this wild storm of hatred.8I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
9Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city.9Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city.
10Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city.10Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;
11Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.11ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.
12It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from them.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.
13Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend.13But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.
14What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.14We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
15Let death stalk my enemies; let the grave swallow them alive, for evil makes its home within them.15Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
16But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me.16But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
17Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.17Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
18He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.18He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.
19God, who has ruled forever, will hear me and humble them. Interlude For my enemies refuse to change their ways; 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.
20As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises.20My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant.
21His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!21His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
22Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.22Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
23But you, O God, will send the wicked down to the pit of destruction. Murderers and liars will die young, but I am trusting you to save me.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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