PSALM 55[T] A Lament over Betrayal 55 1For the leader. On stringed instruments. A maskil of David. I 2Listen, God, to my prayer; do not hide from my pleading; 3hear me and give answer. I rock with grief; I groan 4at the uproar of the enemy, the clamor of the wicked.   They heap trouble upon me, savagely accuse me. 5My heart pounds within me; death’s terrors fall upon me. 6Fear and trembling overwhelm me; shuddering sweeps over me. 7I say, “If only I had wings like a dove that I might fly away and find rest. 8Far away I would flee; I would stay in the desert. 9“I would soon find a shelter from the raging wind and storm.”Selah   II 10Lord, check and confuse their tongues. For I see violence and strife in the city 11making rounds on its walls day and night.   Within are mischief and trouble; 12treachery is in its midst; oppression and fraud never leave its streets. 13For it is not an enemy that reviled me – that I could bear – Not a foe who viewed me with contempt, from that I could hide. 14But it was you, my other self, my comrade and friend, 15You, whose company I enjoyed, at whose side I walked in the house of God. III 16Let death take them; let them go down alive to Sheol, for evil is in their homes and bellies. 17But I will call upon God, and the LORD will save me. 18At dusk, dawn, and noon I will grieve and complain, and my prayer will be heard. 19He will redeem my soul in peace from those who war against me, though there are many who oppose me. 20God, who sits enthroned forever, will hear me and afflict them.Selah For they will not mend their ways; they have no fear of God. 21He stretched out his hand at his friends and broke his covenant. 22Softer than butter is his speech, but war is in his heart. Smoother than oil are his words, but they are unsheathed swords. 23Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. He will never allow the righteous to stumble. 24But you, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction. These bloodthirsty liars will not live half their days, but I put my trust in you.
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