1 {To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David.} Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me, and answer me: I wander about in my plaint, and I moan aloud,

References for Psalms 55:2

    • a 55:2 - Or 'am restless.'
      3 Because of the voice of the enemy; because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in anger they persecute me.

      References for Psalms 55:3

        • b 55:3 - As Ps. 9.5.
        • c 55:3 - Or 'vanity;' it is inwardly devised evil: see Job 4.8; 15.35; Pa 7.14; 10.7; 66.18; 90.10.
          4 My heart is writhing within me, and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
          5 Fear and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
          6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest;
          7 Behold, I would flee afar off, I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah;
          8 I would hasten my escape from the stormy wind, from the tempest.
          9 Swallow [them] up, Lord; divide their tongue: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
          10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it.

          References for Psalms 55:10

            • d 55:10 - See Note m, Ps 55.3.
              11 Perversities are in the midst thereof; and oppression and deceit depart not from its streets.

              References for Psalms 55:11

                • e 55:11 - Or 'open place.'
                  12 For it is not an enemy that hath reproached me -- then could I have borne it; neither is it he that hateth me that hath magnified [himself] against me -- then would I have hidden myself from him;
                  13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, mine intimate, my familiar friend. ...

                  References for Psalms 55:13

                    • f 55:13 - Enosh: see Ps. 8.4,
                      14 We who held sweet intercourse together. To the house of God we walked amid the throng.
                      15 Let death seize upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwellings, in their midst.

                      References for Psalms 55:15

                        • g 55:15 - Some read 'Desolation be upon them!'
                          16 As for me, unto God will I call; and Jehovah will save me.
                          17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray and moan aloud; and he will hear my voice.
                          18 He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle against me: for there were many about me.
                          19 God will hear, and afflict them: he that is seated of old, (Selah) ... because there is no change in them, and they fear not God.

                          References for Psalms 55:19

                            • h 55:19 - Or 'that abideth.'
                            • i 55:19 - Or 'because they with whom are no changes.'
                              20 He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant.
                              21 Smooth were the milky [words] of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.

                              References for Psalms 55:21

                                • j 55:21 - Or '[The words of] his mouth were smooth as butter.'
                                  22 Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and *he* will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.

                                  References for Psalms 55:22

                                    • k 55:22 - Or 'the portion assigned to thee.'
                                      23 And thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But as for me, I will confide in thee.