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Psalm 55 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

To the director: With instruments. A maskil of David.

55 God, hear my prayer.
    Don’t ignore my cry for help.
Please listen and answer me.
    Let me speak to you and tell you what upsets me.
My enemies shout at me and threaten me.
    In their anger they attack me.
    They bring troubles crashing down on me.
My heart is pounding inside me.
    I am afraid to die.
I am trembling with fear.
    I am terrified!
Oh, I wish I had wings like a dove.
    I would fly away and find a place to rest.
    I would go far into the desert and stay there. Selah

I would run away.
    I would escape from this storm of trouble.
My Lord, confuse their words and stop their plans.
    I see so much cruelty and fighting in this city.
10 Day and night, in every neighborhood,
    the city is filled with evil and trouble.
11 There is so much crime in the streets.
    People who hurt and cheat others are everywhere.

12 If it were an enemy insulting me,
    I could bear it.
If it were my enemies attacking me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, the one so close to me,
    my companion, my good friend, who does this.
14 We used to share our secrets with one another,
    as we walked through the crowds together in God’s Temple.

15 I wish death would take my enemies by surprise!
    I wish the earth would open up and swallow them alive,[a]
    because they plan such terrible things together.

16 I will call to God for help,
    and the Lord will save me.
17 I speak to God morning, noon, and night.
    I tell him what upsets me, and he listens to me!
18 I have fought in many battles,
    but he has always rescued me and brought me back safely.
19 God, who has always ruled as king,
    will hear me and punish my enemies. Selah

But they will never change.
    They don’t fear and respect God.
20 This one who was once my friend now attacks his friends.
    He is breaking every promise he made.
21 His words about peace are as smooth as butter,
    but he has only war on his mind.
His words are as slick as oil,
    but they cut like a knife.

22 Give your worries to the Lord,
    and he will care for you.
    He will never let those who are good be defeated.

23 But, God, you will send those liars and murderers to the grave.
    They will die before their life is half finished!
As for me, I will put my trust in you.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 55:15 I wish … alive Literally, “I wish they would go down into Sheol alive.” See Num. 16:31-33.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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Psalm 55 New International Version (NIV)

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;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
    and assail me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror 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]
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
    at the house of God,
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
    for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.

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

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

But as for me, I trust in you.

Footnotes:

  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.
New International Version (NIV)

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