Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

1 1Give ear to my prayer, O God; And 2do not hide Yourself from my supplication.

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2 Give 3heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my 4complaint and 5am surely distracted,

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3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because * of the 6pressure of the wicked; For they 7bring down trouble upon me And in anger they 8bear a grudge against me.

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    • b 55:3 - Or "wickedness"
      4 My 9heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of 10death have fallen upon me.

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      5 Fear and 11trembling come upon me, And 12horror has overwhelmed me.

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        • c 55:5 - Lit "shuddering"
          6 I said, "Oh *, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and 13be at rest.

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            • d 55:6 - Lit "settle down"
              7 "Behold, I would wander far away, I would 14lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

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                • e 55:7 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
                  8 "I would hasten to my place of refuge From the 15stormy wind and tempest."

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                  9 Confuse, O Lord, 16divide their tongues, For I have seen 17violence and strife in the city.

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                    • f 55:9 - Lit "Swallow up"
                      10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.
                      11 18Destruction is in her midst; 19Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.

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                          12 For it is 20not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who 21has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.

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                          13 But it is you, a man my equal, My 22companion and my 23familiar friend;

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                            • h 55:13 - Lit "according to my valuation"
                            • i 55:13 - Or "acquaintance"
                              14 We who had sweet fellowship together 24Walked in the house of God in the throng.

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                                • j 55:14 - Lit "counsel;" or "intimacy"
                                  15 Let death come 25deceitfully upon them; Let them 26go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

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                                    • k 55:15 - Another reading is "desolations be upon them"
                                    • l 55:15 - I.e. the nether world
                                      16 As for me, I shall 27call upon God, And the LORD will save me.

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                                      17 28Evening and 29morning and at 30noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.

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                                      18 He will 31redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are 32many who strive with me.

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                                        • m 55:18 - Or "so that none may approach me"
                                          19 God will 33hear and answer them- Even the one 34who sits enthroned from of old - Selah. With whom there is no change, And who 35do not fear God.

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                                            • n 55:19 - Or "afflict"
                                            • o 55:19 - Or "abides from"
                                            • p 55:19 - Lit "are no changes"
                                              20 He has put forth his hands against 36those who were at peace with him; He has 37violated his covenant.

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                                                • q 55:20 - Lit "profaned"
                                                  21 His speech was 38smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were 39softer than oil, Yet they were drawn 40swords.

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                                                  22 41Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; 42He will never * allow the righteous to 43be shaken.

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                                                    • s 55:22 - Or "what He has given you"
                                                    • t 55:22 - Or "totter"
                                                      23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the 44pit of destruction; 45Men of bloodshed and deceit will 46not live out half their days. But I will 47trust in You.

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