Psalms 55

Psalm 551

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.

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