Psalm 55
New American Standard Bible 1995International Standard Version
1For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.1Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.
2Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,2Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,
3Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me.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 in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.4My heart is trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.
5Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.5Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.
6I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.6I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?
7"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.7Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude
8"I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest."8I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."
9Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.10Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.
11Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.11Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.
12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.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 my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;13but it is you— a man whom I treated as my equal— my personal confidant, my close friend!
14We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.14We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!
15Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.15Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.
16As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me.16I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.
17Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.17Morning, noon, and night, I mulled over these things and cried out in my distress, and he heard my voice.
18He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.18He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.
19God will hear and answer them-- Even the one who sits enthroned from of old-- Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.19God, who is enthroned from long ago, will hear me and humble them. Interlude Because they do not repent, they do not fear God.
20He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant.20Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word.
21His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.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 your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.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, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.23But you, God, bring them down to the Pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful people will not live out half their days. But I put my full confidence in you.
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Psalm 54
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