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Psalm 55 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Cast Your Burden on the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil[fn] of David.
Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:2 - Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:3 - because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 - My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:5 - Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:6 - And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:7 - yes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:8 - I would hurry to find a shelter
from the raging wind and tempest.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
for I see violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:10 - Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:11 - ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:12 - For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:13 - But it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:14 - We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:15 - Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:16 - But I call to God,
and the LORD will save me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:17 - Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:18 - He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:19 - God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
and do not fear God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:20 - My companion[fn] stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:21 - His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:22 - Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:23 - But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Hebrew He

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