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(A special psalm by David for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)

Betrayed by a Friend

55 Listen, God, to my prayer!
    Don’t reject my request.
    Please listen and help me.
My thoughts are troubled,
    and I keep groaning
    because my loud enemies
    shout and attack.
They treat me terribly
    and hold angry grudges.
My heart is racing fast,
    and I am afraid of dying.
    I am trembling with fear,
    completely terrified.

I wish I had wings
    like a dove,
    so I could fly far away
    and be at peace.
I would go and live
    in some distant desert.
I would quickly find shelter
    from howling winds
    and raging storms.

Confuse my enemies, Lord!
    Upset their plans.
Cruelty and violence
    are all I see in the city,
10     and they are like guards
    on patrol day and night.
The city is full of trouble,
    evil, 11 and corruption.
    Troublemakers and liars
    freely roam the streets.

12 My enemies are not the ones
    who sneer and make fun.
    I could put up with that
    or even hide from them.
13 But it was my closest friend,
    the one I trusted most.
14 We enjoyed being together,
    and we went with others
    to your house, our God.

15 All who hate me are controlled
    by the power of evil.
Sentence them to death
    and send them down alive
    to the world of the dead.

16 I ask for your help, Lord God,
    and you will keep me safe.
17 Morning, noon, and night
    you hear my concerns
    and my complaints.
18 I am attacked from all sides,
    but you will rescue me
    unharmed by the battle.
19 You have always ruled,
    and you will hear me.
You will defeat my enemies
    because they won’t turn
    and worship you.

20 My friend turned against me
    and broke his promise.
21 His words were smoother
than butter,
    and softer
    than olive oil.
But hatred filled his heart,
    and he was ready to attack
    with a sword.

22 Our Lord, we belong to you.
We tell you what worries us,
    and you won’t let us fall.
23 But what about those people
    who are cruel and brutal?
You will throw them down
    into the deepest pit
long before their time.
    I trust you, Lord!

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