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Psalm 55 Darby Translation (DARBY)

To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David.

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Attend unto me, and answer me: I wander about in my plaint, and I moan aloud,

Because of the voice of the enemy; because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in anger they persecute me.

My heart is writhing within me, and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Fear and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest;

Behold, I would flee afar off, I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah;

I would hasten my escape from the stormy wind, from the tempest.

Swallow [them] up, Lord; divide their tongue: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it.

11 Perversities are in the midst thereof; and oppression and deceit depart not from its streets.

12 For it is not an enemy that hath reproached me—then could I have borne it; neither is it he that hateth me that hath magnified [himself] against me—then would I have hidden myself from him;

13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, mine intimate, my familiar friend. …

14 We who held sweet intercourse together. To the house of God we walked amid the throng.

15 Let death seize upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwellings, in their midst.

16 As for me, unto God will I call; and Jehovah will save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray and moan aloud; and he will hear my voice.

18 He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle against me: for there were many about me.

19 God will hear, and afflict them: he that is seated of old, (Selah) … because there is no change in them, and they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant.

21 Smooth were the milky [words] of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and *he* will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.

23 And thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But as for me, I will confide in thee.

Psalm 55 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 55[a]

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

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
    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.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c]
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.

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.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies 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, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
    at the house of God,
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

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.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.

20 My companion attacks his friends;
    he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
    yet they are drawn swords.

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
    will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  2. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
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