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Psalm 55 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - [fn]For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[fn] of David. Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:2 - hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:3 - because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 - My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:5 - Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:6 - I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:7 - I would flee far away and stay in the desert;[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:8 - I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:10 - Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:11 - Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:12 - If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:13 - But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:14 - with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:15 - Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:16 - As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:17 - Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:18 - He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:19 - God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:20 - My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:21 - His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:22 - Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:23 - But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
Title: Probably a literary or musical term
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.

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