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Psalm 55


Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.

Psalm 55:1   Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Psalm 55:2   Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,
Psalm 55:3   Because 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.
Psalm 55:4   My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Psalm 55:5   Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.
Psalm 55:6   I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
Psalm 55:7   "Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.
Psalm 55:8   "I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest."
Psalm 55:9   Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Psalm 55:10   Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.
Psalm 55:11   Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.
Psalm 55:12   For 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.
Psalm 55:13   But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;
Psalm 55:14   We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.
Psalm 55:15   Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.
Psalm 55:16   As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me.
Psalm 55:17   Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.
Psalm 55:18   He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.
Psalm 55:19   God 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.
Psalm 55:20   He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant.
Psalm 55:21   His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
Psalm 55:22   Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:23   But 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.
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