Psalm 55:1-17 (New International Version)

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For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A "maskil" of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;1 2 hear me and answer me.2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3 3 at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me4 and revile5 me in their anger.6 4 My heart is in anguish7 within me; the terrors8 of death assail me. 5 Fear and trembling9 have beset me; horror10 has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest-- 7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;11 "Selah" 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,12 far from the tempest and storm.13" 9 Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech,14 for I see violence and strife15 in the city.16 10 Day and night they prowl17 about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. 11 Destructive forces18 are at work in the city; threats and lies19 never leave its streets. 12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,20 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship21 as we walked with the throng at the house of God.22 15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;23 let them go down alive to the grave,a24 for evil finds lodging among them. 16 But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. 17 Evening,25 morning26 and noon27 I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
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