Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;(A)
    hear me and answer me.(B)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(C)
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(D)
    and assail(E) me in their anger.(F)

My heart is in anguish(G) within me;
    the terrors(H) of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling(I) have beset me;
    horror(J) has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c](K)
I would hurry to my place of shelter,(L)
    far from the tempest and storm.(M)

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  1. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  2. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.

20 My companion attacks his friends;(A)
    he violates his covenant.(B)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(C)
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(D)
    yet they are drawn swords.(E)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;(F)
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.(G)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit(H) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(I)
    will not live out half their days.(J)

But as for me, I trust in you.(K)

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