Psalms 55

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. {chief...: or, overseer} {Maschil: or, of instruction} Attend to me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. My heart is greatly pained within me: and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. {overwhelmed: Heb. covered} And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about her upon her walls: mischief also and sorrow are in her midst. 11 Wickedness is in her midst: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it : neither was it he that hated me that magnified himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance. {mine equal: Heb. according to my rank} 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company. {We...: Heb. Who sweetened counsel} 15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down alive into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. {hell: or, the grave}

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. {Because...: or, With whom also there be no changes, yet they} 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. {broken: Heb. profaned} 21  The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never allow the righteous to be moved. {burden: or, gift} 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. {bloody...: Heb. men of bloods and deceit} {shall...: Heb. shall not half their days}

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