To the choir director: on the stringed instruments. A Maschil of David

Ps 55:1Give ear, O God, to my prayer; / And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.

Ps 55:2Give heed to me, and answer me. / I grow restless in my complaint and moan,

Ps 55:3Because of the voice of the enemy, / Because of the oppression of the wicked man; / For they drop iniquity upon me, / And in anger they make me their enemy.

Ps 55:4My heart writhes within me, / And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

Ps 55:5Fear and trembling have come upon me, / And shuddering overwhelms me.

Ps 55:6And I say, Oh that I had wings like a dove! / Then I would fly away and be at rest.

Ps 55:7Indeed I would wander far away; / I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Ps 55:8I would hasten my escape / From the storm wind and the tempest.

Ps 55:9Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongue; / For I have seen violence and contention in the city.

Ps 55:10Day and night they go around it, / Upon its walls; / And iniquity and trouble are in the midst of it.

Ps 55:11Utter ruin is in the midst of it, / And oppression and deceit / Do not depart from its streets.

Ps 55:12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; / Otherwise I could bear it. / It is not he who hates me who magnifies himself against me; / Otherwise I could hide myself from him.

Ps 55:13But it is you, my equal, / My close friend and my acquaintance.

Ps 55:14We were in sweet counsel together; / We walked with the throng in the house of God.

Ps 55:15Let death surprise them; / May they go down into Sheol alive. / For evil is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.

Ps 55:16As for me, I call out to God, / And Jehovah will save me.

Ps 55:17Evening and morning and at noontime / I complain and moan, / And He hears my voice.

Ps 55:18He has redeemed my soul in peace / From the battle against me, / For many are they who strive with me.

Ps 55:19God hears and answers them — / Even He who sits enthroned from of old — Selah / Because with them there is no change, / And they do not fear God.

Ps 55:20He put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; / He profaned his covenant.

Ps 55:21Smooth were the buttery words of his mouth, / But his heart was war; / More soothing than oil were his words, / But they were in fact drawn swords.

Ps 55:22Cast your burden upon Jehovah, / And He will sustain you; / He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Ps 55:23But You, O God, will bring them down / Into the pit of decay. / Men of bloodshed and deceit / Will not live out half their days; / But I will trust in You.

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