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Psalm 55 (English Standard Version)

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Cast Your Burden on the Lord

1 1Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! 2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless 2in my complaint and I 3moan, 3 because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they 4drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; 5the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and 6horror 7overwhelms me. 6 And I say, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; 7 8yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah 8 I would hurry to find a shelter from 9the raging wind and tempest." 9 Destroy, O Lord, 10divide their tongues; for I see 11violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around it on its walls, and 12iniquity and trouble are within it; 11 ruin is in its midst; 13oppression 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 14deals insolently with me-- then I could hide from him. 13 15But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. 14 We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in 16the throng. 15 Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol 17alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart. 16 But I call to God, and the LORD will save me. 17 18Evening and 19morning and at 20noon I 21utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. 18 He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for 22many are arrayed against me. 19 God will give ear and humble them, he who is 23enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not 24change and do not fear God. 20 My companiona25 stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. 21 His 26speech was 27smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were 28drawn swords. 22 29Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; 30he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But you, O God, 31will cast them down into 32the pit of destruction; men of 33blood and treachery shall not 34live out half their days. But I will 35trust in you.
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