Psalms 55

Cast Your Burden on the  Lord

To the choirmaster: with a  stringed instruments. A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David.

1 c  Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
2Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless d  in my complaint and I e  moan,
3because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they f  drop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
4 My heart is in anguish within me;
g  the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling come upon me,
and h  horror i  overwhelms me.
6And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
7 j  yes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness;  Selah
8I would hurry to find a shelter
from k  the raging wind and tempest.”
9 Destroy, O Lord, l  divide their tongues;
for I see m  violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and n  iniquity and trouble are within it;
11ruin is in its midst;
o  oppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who p  deals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
13 q  But it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
14We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God’s house we walked in r  the throng.
15Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol s  alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
16 But I call to God,
and the  Lord will save me.
17 t  Evening and u  morning and at v  noon
I w  utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
18He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for x  many are arrayed against me.
19God will give ear and humble them,
he who is y  enthroned from of old,  Selah
because they do not z  change
and do not fear God.
20 My companion
Hebrew He
ab  stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
21His ac  speech was ad  smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were ae  drawn swords.
22 af  Cast your burden on the  Lord,
and he will sustain you;
ag  he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
23 But you, O God, ah  will cast them down
into ai  the pit of destruction;
men of aj  blood and treachery
shall not ak  live out half their days.
But I will al  trust in you.
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