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Psalm 55 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 God, listen to my prayer. Pay attention to my cry for help. 1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
2 Hear me and answer me. My thoughts upset me. I'm very troubled. 2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 I'm troubled by what my enemies say about me. I'm upset because sinful people stare at me. They cause me all kinds of suffering. When they are angry, they attack me with their words. 3 at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.
4 I feel great pain deep down inside me. The terrors of death are crushing me. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me.
5 Fear and trembling have taken hold of me. Panic has overpowered me. 5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away and be at rest. 6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest--
7 I would escape to a place far away. I would stay out in the desert. "Selah" 7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; "Selah"
8 I would hurry to my place of safety. It would be far away from the winds and storms I'm facing." 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm."
9 Lord, destroy the plans of sinners. Keep them from understanding one another. I see people destroying things and fighting in the city. 9 Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl around on top of its walls. The city is full of crime and trouble. 10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11 Forces that destroy are at work inside it. Its streets are full of people who cheat others and take advantage of them. 11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were making fun of me, I could stand it. If he were looking down on me, I could hide from him. 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's you, someone like myself. It's my companion, my close friend. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
14 We used to enjoy good friendship as we walked with the crowds at the house of God. 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.
15 Let death take my enemies by surprise. Let them be buried alive, because their hearts and homes are full of evil. 15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave, for evil finds lodging among them.
16 But I call out to God. And the LORD saves me. 16 But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I groan and cry out. And he hears my voice. 17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
18 Even though many enemies are fighting against me, he brings me safely back from the battle. 18 He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God sits on his throne forever. He hears my prayers and makes my enemies suffer. "Selah" They never change their ways. They don't have any respect for God. 19 God, who is enthroned forever, will hear them and afflict them-- "Selah" men who never change their ways and have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends. He breaks his promise. 20 My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is as smooth as butter. But he has war in his heart. His words flow like olive oil. But they are like swords ready for battle. 21 His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
22 Turn your worries over to the Lord. He will keep you going. He will never let godly people fall. 22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
23 God, you will bring sinners down to the grave. Murderers and liars won't live out even half of their lives. But I trust in you. 23 But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.