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Psalm 54-56 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 54

For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil[a] of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Isn’t David hiding among us?”

54 God! Save me by your name;
    defend me by your might!
God! Hear my prayer;
    listen to the words of my mouth!

The proud have come up against me;
    violent people want me dead.
    They pay no attention to God. Selah

But look here: God is my helper;
    my Lord sustains my life.
He will bring disaster on my opponents.
    By your faithfulness, God, destroy them!

I will sacrifice to you freely;
    I will give thanks to your name, Lord,
        because it’s so good,
        and because God has delivered me
        from every distress.
    My eyes have seen my enemies’ defeat.[b]

Psalm 55

For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil[c] of David.

55 God, listen to my prayer;
    don’t avoid my request!
Pay attention! Answer me!
    I can’t sit still while complaining.
    I’m beside myself
        over the enemy’s noise,
        at the wicked person’s racket,
        because they bring disaster on me
        and harass me furiously.

My heart pounds in my chest
    because death’s terrors have reached me.
Fear and trembling have come upon me;
    I’m shaking all over.
I say to myself,
    I wish I had wings like a dove!
    I’d fly away and rest.
    I’d run so far away!
    I’d live in the desert. Selah
    I’d hurry to my hideout,
    far from the rushing wind and storm.

Baffle them, my Lord!
    Confuse their language
    because I see violence and conflict in the city.
10 Day and night they make their rounds on its walls,
    and evil and misery live inside it.
11 Disaster lives inside it;
    oppression and fraud never leave the town square.

12 It’s not an enemy that is insulting me—
    I could handle that.
It’s not someone who hates me
    who is exalted over me—
    I could hide from them.
13 No. It’s you, my equal,
    my close companion, my good friend!
14 It was so pleasant when
    together we entered God’s house with the crowd.

15 Let death devastate my enemies;
    let them go to the grave[d] alive
        because evil lives with them—
        even inside them!
16 But I call out to God,
    and the Lord will rescue me.
17 At evening, morning, and midday
    I complain and moan
    so that God will hear my voice.
18 He saves me,[e] unharmed, from my struggle,
    though there are many who are out to get me.
19 God, who is enthroned from ancient days,
    will hear and humble them Selah
        because they don’t change
        and they don’t worship God.

20 My friend attacked his allies,
    breaking his covenant.
21 Though his talk is smoother than butter,
        war is in his heart;
    though his words are more silky than oil,
        they are really drawn swords:
22 “Cast your burden on the Lord
    he will support you!
    God will never let the righteous be shaken!”

23 But you, God, bring the wicked
    down to the deepest pit.
    Let bloodthirsty and treacherous people
    not live out even half their days.
        But me? I trust in you!

Psalm 56

For the music leader. According to “The Silent Dove of Distant Places.” A miktam[f] of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 God, have mercy on me because I’m being trampled.
    All day long the enemy oppresses me.
My attackers trample me all day long
    because I have so many enemies.
Exalted one, whenever I’m afraid,
    I put my trust in you—
        in God, whose word I praise.
        I trust in God; I won’t be afraid.
    What can mere flesh do to me?

All day long they frustrate my pursuits;
    all their thoughts are evil against me.
They get together and set an ambush—
    they are watching my steps,
    hoping for my death.
Don’t rescue them for any reason!
    In wrath bring down the people, God!

You yourself have kept track of my misery.
    Put my tears into your bottle—
    aren’t they on your scroll already?
Then my enemies will retreat when I cry out.
    I know this because God is mine.
10     God: whose word I praise.
        The Lord: whose word I praise.
11 I trust in God; I won’t be afraid.
    What can anyone do to me?

12 I will fulfill my promises to you, God.
    I will present thanksgiving offerings to you
13     because you have saved my life from death,
    saved my feet from stumbling
        so that I can walk before God in the light of life.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 54:1 Perhaps instruction; it also appears in Pss 42, 44–45, 52–55, 74, 78, 88–89, 142; cf 47:7; the root is used in Ps 32:8.
  2. Psalm 54:7 Heb lacks defeat.
  3. Psalm 55:1 Perhaps instruction
  4. Psalm 55:15 Heb Sheol
  5. Psalm 55:18 Or my life or soul
  6. Psalm 56:1 Perhaps inscription
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