Psalm 55 TNIV

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 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

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4 My heart is in anguish7 within me; the terrors8 of death have fallen on 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;a11

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    • a 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,12 far from the tempest and storm.13"

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      9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,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 rising against me, I could hide.
      13 But it is you, one like myself, my companion, my close friend,20

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      14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship21 at the house of God,22 as we walked about among the worshipers.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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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