Psalm 55



Betrayal By A Friend

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

1 {To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.} Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

1 Pay attention to my prayer, God, and do not hide yourself from my appeal.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God, and hide not Yourself from my supplication!

2 Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,

2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,

2 Attend to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan

3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

3 because of the voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the wicked. They bring down evil upon me, and in anger they hate me.

3 [And I am distracted] at the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression and threats of the wicked; for they would cast trouble upon me, and in wrath they persecute me.

4 My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

4 My heart is trembling within me, and the terrors of death have assaulted me.

4 My heart is grievously pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

5 Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

5 Fear and trembling have overwhelmed me, and horror has covered me.

5 Fear and trembling have come upon me; horror and fright have overwhelmed me.

6 I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

6 I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?

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

7 "Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

7 Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude

7 Yes, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

8 "I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest."

8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

8 I want to deliver myself quickly from this windstorm and tempest."

8 I would hasten to escape and to find a shelter from the stormy wind and tempest.

9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

9 Confound them, Lord, and confuse their speech, because I have seen violence and strife in the city.

9 Destroy [their schemes], O Lord, confuse their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

10 Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.

10 Day and night they go about on its walls; iniquity and mischief are in its midst.

11 Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.

11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

11 Wickedness is at the center of it; fraud and lies never leave its streets.

11 Violence and ruin are within it; fraud and guile do not depart from its streets and marketplaces.

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

12 For it is not an enemy who insults me I could have handled that nor is it someone who hates me and who now arises against me I could have hidden myself from him

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches and taunts me -- "then I might bear it; nor is it one who has hated me who insolently vaunts himself against me -- "then I might hide from him.

13 But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;

13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

13 but it is you a man whom I treated as my equal my personal confidant, my close friend!

13 But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend.

14 We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.

14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

14 We had good fellowship together; and we even walked together in the house of God!

14 We had sweet fellowship together and used to walk to the house of God in company.

15 Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

15 Let death seize them! May they be plunged alive into the afterlife, for wicked things are in their homes and among them.

15 Let desolations and death come suddenly upon them; let them go down alive to Sheol (the place of the dead), for evils are in their habitations, in their hearts, and their inmost part.

16 As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

16 I call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.

16 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.

17 Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

17 Morning, noon, and night, I mulled over these things and cried out in my distress, and he heard my voice.

17 Evening and morning and at noon will I utter my complaint and moan and sigh, and He will hear my voice.

18 He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

18 He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.

18 He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me [so that none came near me], for they were many who strove with me.

19 God will hear and answer them-- Even the one who sits enthroned from of old-- Selah With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.

19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

19 God, who is enthroned from long ago, will hear me and humble them. Interlude Because they do not repent, they do not fear God.

19 God will hear and humble them, even He Who abides of old -- "Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! -- "because in them there has been no change [of heart], and they do not fear, revere, and worship God.

20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

20 Each of my friends raises his hand against his allies; each of my friends breaks his word.

20 [My companion] has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken and profaned his agreement [of friendship and loyalty].

21 His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

21 His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than cream or butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

22 Cast on the LORD whatever he sends your way, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days But I will trust in You.

23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

23 But you, God, bring them down to the Pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful people will not live out half their days. But I put my full confidence in you. To the Director: A special Davidic psalm to the tune of "A Silent Dove Far Away," when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

23 But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, lean on, and confidently rely on You.



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