Psalms 55

For the end, among Hymns of instruction by David.

1 Hearken, O God, to my prayer; and disregard not my supplication. 2Attend to me, and hearken to me; I was grieved in my meditation, and troubled; 3because of the voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the sinner; for they brought iniquity against me, and were wrathfully angry with me. 4My heart was troubled within me; and the fear of death fell upon me. 5Fear and trembling came upon me, and darkness covered me. 6And I said, O, that I had wings as those of a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7Lo! I have fled afar off, and lodged in the wilderness. Pause. 8I waited for Him that would deliver me from my distressed spirit, and from the tempest. 9Destroy, O LORD, and divide their tongues, for I have seen iniquity and gainsaying in the city. 10Day and night he shall go round about it upon its walls; iniquity and sorrow and unrighteousness are in the midst of it; 11and usury and craft have not failed from its streets. 12For if an enemy had reproached me, I would have endured it; and if one who hated me had spoken vauntingly against me, I would have hid myself from him. 13But you, O like-minded man, my guide, and my acquaintance, 14who in companionship with me sweetened our food; we walked in the house of God in concord. 15Let death come upon them, and let them go down alive into Hades, for iniquity is in their dwellings, in the midst of them. 16I cried to God, and the Lord hearkened to me. 17Evening and morning and at noon I will declare and make known my needs; and He shall hear my voice. 18He shall deliver my soul in peace from them that draw near to me; for they were with me in many cases. 19God shall hear, and bring them low, even He that has existed from eternity. Pause. For they suffer no recourse, and therefore they have not feared God. 20He has reached forth his hand for retribution; they have profaned His covenant. 21They were scattered at the anger of His countenance, and his heart drew near to them. His words were smoother than oil, yet they are darts. 22Cast your cares upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. 23But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloody and crafty men shall not live out half their days; but I will hope in You, O Lord.
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