Psalm 55
New American Standard Bible 1995NET Bible
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.1For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song by David. Listen, O God, to my prayer! Do not ignore my appeal for mercy!
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 am so upset and distressed, I am beside myself,
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 what the enemy says, and because of how the wicked pressure me, for they hurl trouble down upon me and angrily attack me.
4My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.4My heart beats violently within me; the horrors of death overcome me.
5Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.5Fear and panic overpower me; terror overwhelms me.
6I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.6I say, "I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
7"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.7Look, I will escape to a distant place; I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
8"I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest."8I will hurry off to a place that is safe from the strong wind and the gale."
9Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.9Confuse them, O Lord! Frustrate their plans! For I see violence and conflict 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 walk around on its walls, while wickedness and destruction are within it.
11Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.11Disaster is within it; violence and deceit do not depart from its public square.
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.12Indeed, 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, or else I could hide from him.
13But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;13But it is you, a man like me, my close friend in whom I confided.
14We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.14We would share personal thoughts with each other; in God's temple we would walk together among the crowd.
15Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.15May death destroy them! May they go down alive into Sheol! For evil is in their dwelling place and in their midst.
16As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me.16As for me, I will call out to God, and the LORD will deliver me.
17Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.17During the evening, morning, and noontime I will lament and moan, and he will hear me.
18He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.18He will rescue me and protect me from those who attack me, even though they greatly outnumber 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, the one who has reigned as king from long ago, will hear and humiliate them. (Selah) They refuse to change, and do not fear God.
20He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant.20He attacks his friends; he breaks his solemn promises to them.
21His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.21His words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords.
22Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.22Throw your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be upended.
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, O God, will bring them down to the deep Pit. Violent and deceitful people will not live even half a normal lifespan. But as for me, I trust in you.
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Psalm 54
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