Psalm 55 NIV

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A "maskil" of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;1

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2 hear me and answer me.2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3

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3 at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me4 and revile5 me in their anger.6

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4 My heart is in anguish7 within me; the terrors8 of death assail me.

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5 Fear and trembling9 have beset me; horror10 has overwhelmed me.

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6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest--
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;11 "Selah"

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8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,12 far from the tempest and storm.13"

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9 Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech,14 for I see violence and strife15 in the city.16

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10 Day and night they prowl17 about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.

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11 Destructive forces18 are at work in the city; threats and lies19 never leave its streets.

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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 is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,20

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14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship21 as we walked with the throng at the house of God.22

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15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;23 let them go down alive to the grave,a24 for evil finds lodging among them.

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16 But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening,25 morning26 and noon27 I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

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18 He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned forever,28 will hear29 them and afflict them-- "Selah" men who never change their ways and have no fear of God.30

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20 My companion attacks his friends;31 he violates his covenant.32

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21 His speech is smooth as butter,33 yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil,34 yet they are drawn swords.35

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22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;36 he will never let the righteous fall.37

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23 But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit38 of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men39 will not live out half their days.40 But as for me, I trust in you.41

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