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Psalm 55 (Today's New International Version)

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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 2 hear me and answer me.2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3 3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me4 and assail5 me in their anger.6 4 My heart is in anguish7 within me; the terrors8 of death have fallen on me. 5 Fear and trembling9 have beset me; horror10 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;a11 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,12 far from the tempest and storm.13" 9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,14 for I see violence and strife15 in the city.16 10 Day and night they prowl17 about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. 11 Destructive forces18 are at work in the city; threats and lies19 never leave its streets. 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, one like myself, my companion, my close friend,20 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship21 at the house of God,22 as we walked about among the worshipers. 15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;23 let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,24 for evil finds lodging among them. 16 As for me, 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. 18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. 19 God, who is enthroned from of old,28 who does not change-- he will hear29 them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.30 20 My companion attacks his friends;31 he violates his covenant.32 21 His talk 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 22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;36 he will never let the righteous be shaken.37 23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit38 of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful39 will not live out half their days.40 But as for me, I trust in you.41
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