Psalms 55:5-7

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;[a]

Psalms 55:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
ESV
5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
NLT
5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.
MSG
5 I shake with fear, I shudder from head to foot.
CSB
5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.

Psalms 55:5-7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 55:5-7 In-Context

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.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
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;
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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 4:14; S 2 Corinthians 7:15; Job 21:6; Psalms 119:120
  • 2. Deuteronomy 28:67; Isaiah 21:4; Jeremiah 46:5; Jeremiah 49:5; Ezekiel 7:18
  • 3. 1 Samuel 23:14

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
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