Psalms 55


Betrayal by a Friend

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

Give ear, O God, to my prayer! for you should not overlook my supplication. Take heed to me, and listen to me! I was fretted in my meditation and was disturbed, from 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. My heart was disturbed in me, and dread of death fell upon me. Fear and trembling came upon me, and [2covered 3me 1darkness]. And I said, Why shall he not give to me wings as a dove, and I shall spread out and I shall rest? Behold, I was far off being driven into exile, and was lodged in the wilderness. I waited for the one delivering me from faint-heartedness and the gale. Sink them, O  lord, and divide their tongues! for I saw lawlessness and dispute in the city. 10 Day and night he shall encircle her upon her walls; and lawlessness and misery will be in the midst of her; 11 and injustice, and [4ceased not 5from out of 6her squares 1usury 2and 3treachery]. 12 For 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. 13 But you, O man, are like-minded, a leader of mine, and my diviner, 14 who together you sweetened foods; in the house of God we went in concord. 15 And let [2come 1death] upon them, and let them go down into Hades alive! For wickedness in their sojourn, is in the midst of them. 16 I [2to 3God 1cried out], and the  lord listened to me. 17 Evening and morning and at midday I describe and report; and he shall listen to my voice. 18 He shall ransom [2in 3peace 1my soul] from the ones approaching me; for among many they were with me. 19 God 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. 20 He stretched out his hand in recompensing; they profaned his covenant. 21 He 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. 22 Cast upon the  lord your anxiety, and he will nourish you! He will not grant [4into 5the 6eon 3for a tossing about 1the 2just]. 23 But 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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