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Psalm 55 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Trust in God Concerning the Treachery of Friends
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:1 - To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments.[fn] A Contemplation[fn] of David.

Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:2 - Attend to me, and hear me;
I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:3 - Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me,
And in wrath they hate me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:4 - My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:5 - Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:6 - So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:7 - Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:8 - I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:9 - Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:10 - Day and night they go around it on its walls;
Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:11 - Destruction is in its midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:12 - For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:13 - But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:14 - We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:15 - Let death seize them;
Let them go down alive into hell,
For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:16 - As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:17 - Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:18 - He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:19 - God will hear, and afflict them,
Even He who abides from of old. Selah
Because they do not change,
Therefore they 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 broken his covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:21 - The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
But 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 shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 55:23 - But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew neginoth
Hebrew Maschil

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