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

1 abListen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
References for Psalms 55:1
    • é 55:1 - In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
    • ê 55:1 - Title: Probably a literary or musical term
      2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
      3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
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      4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
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      5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
      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;c
      References for Psalms 55:7
        • ë 55:7 - The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
          8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”
          9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.
          10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
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          11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
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          12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
          13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
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          14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
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          15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
          16 As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
          17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.