For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song2 by David.
55:1 Listen, O God, to my prayer!
Do not ignore3 my appeal for mercy!
55:2 Pay attention to me and answer me!
I am so upset4 and distressed,5 I am beside myself,6
55:3 because of what the enemy says,7
and because of how the wicked8 pressure me,9
for they hurl trouble10 down upon me11
and angrily attack me.
55:4 My heart beats violently12 within me;
the horrors of death overcome me.13
55:5 Fear and panic overpower me;14
terror overwhelms15 me.
55:6 I say,16 “I wish I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
55:7 Look, I will escape to a distant place;
I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
55:8 I will hurry off to a place that is safe
from the strong wind17 and the gale.”
55:9 Confuse them,18 O Lord!
Frustrate their plans!19
For I see violence and conflict in the city.
55:10 Day and night they walk around on its walls,20
while wickedness and destruction21 are within it.
55:11 Disaster is within it;
violence22 and deceit do not depart from its public square.
55:12 Indeed,23 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,24
or else I could hide from him.
55:13 But it is you,25 a man like me,26
my close friend in whom I confided.27
55:14 We would share personal thoughts with each other;28
in God’s temple we would walk together among the crowd.
55:15 May death destroy them!29
May they go down alive into Sheol!30
For evil is in their dwelling place and in their midst.
55:16 As for me, I will call out to God,
and the Lord will deliver me.
55:17 During the evening, morning, and noontime
I will lament and moan,31
and he will hear32 me.33
55:18 He will rescue34 me and protect me from those who attack me,35
even though36 they greatly outnumber me.37
55:19 God, the one who has reigned as king from long ago,
will hear and humiliate them.38 (Selah)
They refuse to change,
and do not fear God.39
55:20 He40 attacks41 his friends;42
he breaks his solemn promises to them.43
55:21 His words are as smooth as butter,44
but he harbors animosity in his heart.45
His words seem softer than oil,
but they are really like sharp swords.46
55:22 Throw your burden47 upon the Lord,
and he will sustain you.48
He will never allow the godly to be upended.49
55:23 But you, O God, will bring them50 down to the deep Pit.51
Violent and deceitful people52 will not live even half a normal lifespan.53
But as for me, I trust in you.