For the choir director; according to [a]Mahalath. A [b]Maskil of David.
53 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. 2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who [c]understands, Who seeks after God. 3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge, Who eat up My people as though they ate bread And have not called upon God? 5 There they were in great [d]fear where no [e]fear had been; For God scattered the bones of [f]him who encamped against you; You put them to shame, because God had rejected them. 6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel [g]would come out of Zion! When God [h]restores His captive people, [i]Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
Prayer for Defense against Enemies.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A [j]Maskil of David, [k]when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”
54 Save me, O God, by Your name, And [l]vindicate me by Your power. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my [m]life; They have not set God before them. [n]Selah.
4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is [o]the sustainer of my soul. 5 [p]He will recompense the evil to [q]my foes; [r]Destroy them in Your [s]faithfulness.
6 [t]Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 For [u]He has delivered me from all [v]trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.
Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A [w]Maskil of David.
55 Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. 2 Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and [x]am surely distracted, 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down [y]trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me.
4 My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, And [z]horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and [aa]be at rest. 7 “Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. [ab]Selah. 8 “I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest.”
9 [ac]Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst. 11 Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her [ad]streets.
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him. 13 But it is you, a man [ae]my equal, My companion and my [af]familiar friend; 14 We who had sweet [ag]fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng. 15 Let [ah]death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to [ai]Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.
16 As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. 18 He will redeem my soul in peace [aj]from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me. 19 God will hear and [ak]answer them— Even the one who [al]sits enthroned from of old— Selah. With whom there [am]is no change, And who do not fear God. 20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has [an]violated his covenant. 21 His [ao]speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast [ap]your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to [aq]be shaken. 23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the [ar]pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.
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