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Psalm 55 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [fn]Maskil of David.
Listen to my prayer, God;
And do not hide Yourself from my pleading.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:2 - Give Your attention to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and [fn]severely distracted,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:3 - Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down [fn]trouble upon me
And in anger they hold a grudge against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 - My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:5 - Fear and trembling come upon me,
And [fn]horror has [fn]overwhelmed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:6 - I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and [fn]be at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:7 - “Behold, I would flee far away,
I would spend my nights in the wilderness. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:8 - “I would hurry to my place of refuge
From the stormy wind and heavy gale.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Confuse them, Lord, divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:10 - Day and night they go around her upon her walls,
And evil and harm are in her midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:11 - Destruction is in her midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from her [fn]streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:12 - For it is not an enemy who taunts me,
Then I could endure it;
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me,
Then I could hide myself from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:13 - But it is you, a man [fn]my equal,
My companion and my confidant;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:14 - We who had sweet [fn]fellowship together,
Walked in the house of God among the commotion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:15 - May [fn]death come deceitfully upon them;
May they go down alive to [fn]Sheol,
For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:16 - As for me, I shall call upon God,
And the LORD will save me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:17 - Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and moan,
And He will hear my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:18 - He will redeem my soul in peace [fn]from the battle which is against me,
For they are many who are aggressive toward me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:19 - God will hear and humiliate them—
Even the one who [fn]sits enthroned from ancient times— Selah
With whom there [fn]is no change,
And who do not fear God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:20 - He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has [fn]violated his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:21 - His [fn]speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:22 - Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to [fn]be shaken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:23 - But You, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.
NASB20 Footnotes
Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
Another reading is I must moan
Or wickedness
Lit shuddering
Lit covered
Lit settle down
Or plaza
Lit according to my valuation
Lit counsel; or intimacy
Another reading is devastation be upon them
I.e., the netherworld
Or so that none may approach me
Or remains from
Lit are no changes
Lit profaned
Lit mouth
Or totter

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