Psalm 55
International Standard Version

To the Director: With stringed instruments. A Davidic instruction.a

Betrayal by a Friend

1Pay attention to my prayer, God,

and do not hide yourself from my appeal.

2Pay attention to me and answer me.

I moan and groan in my thoughts,

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.

4My heart is trembling within me,

and the terrors of death have assaulted me.

5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me,

and horror has covered me.

6I said, “O, who will give me the wings of a dove,

so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?

7Look, I want to flee far away;

I want to settle down in the wilderness.


8I want to deliver myself quickly

from this windstorm and tempest.”

9Confound them, Lord,

and confuse their speech,

because I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10Day and night they prowl around its walls;

evil and iniquity are within it.

11Wickedness is at the center of it;

fraud 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—

13but it is you—

a man whom I treated as my equal—

my personal confidant,

my close friend!

14We had good fellowship together;

and we even walked together in the house of God!

15Let death seize them!

May they be plunged alive into the afterlife,b

for wicked things are in their homes

and among them.

16I call upon God,

and the LORD will deliver me.

17Morning, noon, and night,

I mulled over these things

and cried out in my distress,

and he heard my voice.

18He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me,

for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.

19God, who is enthroned from long ago,

will hear me and humble them.


Because they do not repent,

they do not fear God.

20Each of my friendsc raises his hand against his allies;

each of my friendsd breaks his word.e

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.

22Cast on the LORD whatever he sends your way,

and he will sustain you.

He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

23But you, God, bring them down to the Pit of corruption;f

bloodthirsty and deceitful people will not live out half their days.

But I put my full confidence in you.

a 55:T Lit. maskil
b 55:15 Lit. into Sheol; a reference to the realm of the dead
c 55:20 Lit. Each one
d 55:20 Lit. Each one
e 55:20 Lit. covenant
f 55:23 i.e. the place of punishment in the afterlife

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