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Psalms 55

David in his prayer complaineth of his fearful case.

Psalms 55:1 {To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David.} Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Psalms 55:2 Attend unto me, and answer me: I wander about in my plaint, and I moan aloud, Psalms 55:3 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. Psalms 55:4 My heart is writhing within me, and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Psalms 55:5 Fear and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. Psalms 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest; Psalms 55:7 Behold, I would flee afar off, I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah; Psalms 55:8 I would hasten my escape from the stormy wind, from the tempest.

He prayeth against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complaineth.

Psalms 55:9 Swallow [them] up, Lord; divide their tongue: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. Psalms 55:10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it. Psalms 55:11 Perversities are in the midst thereof; and oppression and deceit depart not from its streets. Psalms 55:12 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; Psalms 55:13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, mine intimate, my familiar friend. ... Psalms 55:14 We who held sweet intercourse together. To the house of God we walked amid the throng. Psalms 55:15 Let death seize upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwellings, in their midst.

He comforteth himself in God's preservation of him, and confusion of his enemies.

Psalms 55:16 As for me, unto God will I call; and Jehovah will save me. Psalms 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray and moan aloud; and he will hear my voice. Psalms 55:18 He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle against me: for there were many about me. Psalms 55:19 *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. Psalms 55:20 He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant. Psalms 55:21 Smooth were the milky [words] of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords. Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and *he* will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:23 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.

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