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Psalm 55 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Prayer of Someone Betrayed by a Friend[a]

55 Hear my prayer, O God;
    don't turn away from my plea!
Listen to me and answer me;
    I am worn out by my worries.
I am terrified by the threats of my enemies,
    crushed by the oppression of the wicked.
They bring trouble on me;
    they are angry with me and hate me.

I am terrified,
    and the terrors of death crush me.
I am gripped by fear and trembling;
    I am overcome with horror.
I wish I had wings like a dove.
    I would fly away and find rest.
I would fly far away
    and make my home in the desert.
I would hurry and find myself a shelter
    from the raging wind and the storm.
Confuse the speech of my enemies, O Lord!

I see violence and riots in the city,
10     surrounding it day and night,
    filling it with crime and trouble.
11 There is destruction everywhere;
    the streets are full of oppression and fraud.

12 If it were an enemy making fun of me,
    I could endure it;
if it were an opponent boasting over me,
    I could hide myself from him.
13 But it is you, my companion,
    my colleague and close friend.
14 We had intimate talks with each other
    and worshiped together in the Temple.
15 May my enemies die before their time;
    may they go down alive into the world of the dead!
Evil is in their homes and in their hearts.

16 But I call to the Lord God for help,
    and he will save me.
17 Morning, noon, and night
    my complaints and groans go up to him,
    and he will hear my voice.
18 He will bring me safely back
    from the battles that I fight
    against so many enemies.
19 God, who has ruled from eternity,
    will hear me and defeat them;
for they refuse to change,
    and they do not fear him.

20 My former companion attacked his friends;
    he broke his promises.
21 His words were smoother than cream,
    but there was hatred in his heart;
his words were as soothing as oil,
    but they cut like sharp swords.

22 Leave your troubles with the Lord,
    and he will defend you;
    he never lets honest people be defeated.

23 But you, O God, will bring those murderers and liars to their graves
    before half their life is over.
As for me, I will trust in you.


  1. Psalm 55:1 HEBREW TITLE: A poem by David.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

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.


  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.
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