Psalm 55 ESV

Cast Your Burden on the Lord

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.

1 1Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!

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2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless 2in my complaint and I 3moan,

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      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.

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      4 My heart is in anguish within me; 5the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

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      5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and 6horror 7overwhelms me.

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      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

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      8 I would hurry to find a shelter from 9the raging wind and tempest."

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      9 Destroy, O Lord, 10divide their tongues; for I see 11violence and strife in the city.

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      10 Day and night they go around it on its walls, and 12iniquity and trouble are within it;

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      11 ruin is in its midst; 13oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.

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      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.

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      13 15But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.

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      14 We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in 16the throng.

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      15 Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol 17alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

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      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.

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      18 He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for 22many are arrayed against me.

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      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.

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      20 My companiona25 stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant.

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      21 His 26speech was 27smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were 28drawn swords.

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      22 29Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; 30he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

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      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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