For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of David.
55 God, ·listen [L give ear] to my prayer and do not ·ignore [hide from] my ·cry for help [supplication]. 2 Pay attention to me and answer me. ·I am troubled and [My cares give me no peace and I am] upset 3 by ·what the enemy says [L the voice/sound of my enemy] and ·how the wicked look at me [before the stares/or because of the afflictions of my enemy]. They bring troubles down on me, and in anger they ·attack [persecute; or hate] me.
4 ·I am frightened inside [L My heart writhes inside me]; the terror of death has ·attacked [L fallen on] me. 5 ·I am scared and shaking [Fear and trembling come on me], and ·terror [shuddering] ·grips [overwhelms] me. 6 I said, “·I wish [O that] I had wings like a dove. Then I would fly away and rest. 7 I would ·wander [flee] far away and stay in the ·desert [wilderness]. ·Selah[Interlude] 8 I would hurry to my place of escape, far away from the raging wind and ·storm [tempest].”
9 Lord, ·destroy [or frustrate; or check; or confuse; L swallow] and ·confuse [confound; L divide] their ·words [speech; or plans; L tongues; Gen. 11:1–9], because I see violence and ·fighting [strife; contention; accusation] in the city. 10 Day and night they are all around its walls, and evil and trouble are everywhere inside. 11 Destruction is ·everywhere in the city [L in its midst]; ·trouble [oppression] and ·lying [deception] never leave its ·streets [public square].
12 It was not an enemy ·insulting [scorning; reproaching] me. I could ·stand [bear] that. It was not someone who hated me who insulted me. I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a person like me, my companion and good friend. 14 We had ·a good friendship [sweet fellowship together] and walked ·together [or noisily; or quietly; or with the crowd] to God’s ·Temple [L house].
15 Let death ·take away [L rise up on] ·my enemies [L them]. Let them ·die while they are still young [L go down to the grave/underworld/Sheol while they are living] because evil ·lives with them [L is their home within them]. 16 But I will call to God for help, and the Lord will ·save me [give me victory]. 17 Morning, noon, and ·night [L evening] I ·am troubled and upset [sigh and moan], but he will listen to ·me [L my voice]. 18 Many are against me, but he ·keeps me safe [L redeems/ransoms me whole/in peace] in battle. 19 God who ·lives forever [or is enthroned from of old] will hear me and ·punish [L humble] them. ·Selah[Interlude]
But they will not change; they do not fear God [Prov. 1:7].
20 ·The one who was my friend attacks his friends [L He sends his hand against his friend] and ·breaks [violates; profanes] his ·promises [covenant; treaty]. 21 His words are ·slippery like [L smoother than] butter, but war is in his heart. His words are ·smoother [softer] than oil, but they cut like ·knives [unsheathed swords; Prov. 5:3–4].
22 ·Give [L Cast; Throw] your ·worries [burden; L that which he has given you] to the Lord, and he will ·take care of [sustain] you. He will never let ·good [righteous] people ·down [L be moved]. 23 But, God, you will bring down the wicked to the ·grave [deepest pit; L pit of corruption]. Murderers and ·liars [deceivers] will ·live only half a lifetime [L not live half their days]. But I will ·trust [have confidence] in you.
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