Psalm 55 ©

1 David in his prayer complaineth of his distress: 9 he prayeth against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complaineth: 16 he comforteth himself in God's preservation of him, and confusion of his enemies.


To the chief Musician on aNeginoth, bMaschil, A Psalm of David.

a Ps. 4; 54, title.
b Ps. 32, title.

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


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


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


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


gFearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and hhorror hath 1overwhelmed me.


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


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


I jwould hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.


2Destroy, O Lord, and kdivide their tongues: for I have seen lviolence and strife in the city.

l Je. 6.7.

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


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


For it was nnot 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:


But it was othou, 3a man mine equal, my pguide, and mine acquaintance.


4We took qsweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.


Let death seize upon them, and let them rgo down *quick into 5hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.


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


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


He uhath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: vfor there were many with me.


God shall whear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. 6Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.


He xhath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: 7he hath broken his covenant.


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


zCast thy 8burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: ahe shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.


But thou, O God, bshalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: 9bloody and deceitful men 10shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.