Psalms

Psalm 55 ©

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

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

a Ps. 4; 54, title.
b Ps. 32, title.
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GIVEc ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

l Je. 6.7.
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Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mmischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

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

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

w v.16,17. Ps. 65.5.
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He xhath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: 7he hath broken his covenant.

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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.

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

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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.