Psalms 55


Betrayal by a Friend

To the director; among hymns of contemplation; to Asaph.

1Give ear, O God, to my prayer! for you should not overlook my supplication. 2Take heed to me, and listen to me! I was fretted in my meditation and was disturbed, 3from the voice of the enemy, and from the affliction of the sinner; for they turned aside against me for lawlessness, and in anger they displayed anger against me. 4 My heart was disturbed in me, and dread of death fell upon me. 5Fear and trembling came upon me, and [2covered 3me 1darkness]. 6And I said, Why shall he not give to me wings as a dove, and I shall spread out and I shall rest? 7Behold, I was far off being driven into exile, and was lodged in the wilderness. 8I waited for the one delivering me from faint-heartedness and the gale. 9Sink them, O  lord, and divide their tongues! for I saw lawlessness and dispute in the city. 10Day and night he shall encircle her upon her walls; and lawlessness and misery will be in the midst of her; 11and injustice, and [4ceased not 5from out of 6her squares 1usury 2and 3treachery]. 12For if an enemy berated me, I would have endured. And if the one detesting me [2against 3me 1spoke great words], I would have hidden from him. 13But you, O man, are like-minded, a leader of mine, and my diviner, 14who together you sweetened foods; in the house of God we went in concord. 15And let [2come 1death] upon them, and let them go down into Hades alive! For wickedness in their sojourn, is in the midst of them. 16I [2to 3God 1cried out], and the  lord listened to me. 17Evening and morning and at midday I describe and report; and he shall listen to my voice. 18He shall ransom [2in 3peace 1my soul] from the ones approaching me; for among many they were with me. 19God shall listen, and [6shall humble 7them 1the one 2existing 3before 4the 5eons]. PAUSE. [3no 1For 2there is 5with them 4bargaining], for they do not fear God. 20He stretched out his hand in recompensing; they profaned his covenant. 21He divided them into parts from the anger of his face, and [2approached 1their hearts]. [2were made tender 1His words] above olive oil, yet they are arrows. 22Cast upon the  lord your anxiety, and he will nourish you! He will not grant [4into 5the 6eon 3for a tossing about 1the 2just]. 23But you, O God, shall lead them down into the well of corruption; men of blood and deceit in no way shall live half their days. But I, O  lord, shall hope upon you.
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