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Psalm 55

Hear my prayer, O God :
 and do not hide yourself from my petition.
Give heed to me, and answer me :
 I am restless in my complaining.
I am in turmoil at the voice of the enemy :
 at the onslaught of the wicked.
For they bring down disaster upon me :
 they persecute me with bitter fury.
My heart writhes within me :
 and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me :
 and horror overwhelms me.
And I said ‘O for the wings of a dove :
 that I might fly away and find rest.
‘Then I would flee far off :
 and make my lodging in the wilderness.
‘I would hasten to find me a refuge :
 out of the blast of slander,
‘Out of the tempest of their calumny, O Lord :
 and far from their double tongues.’
For I have seen violence and strife in the city :
 day and night they go round it upon its walls.
Evil and wickedness are within it :
 iniquity is within it, oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its streets.
It was not an enemy that reviled me,
   or I might have borne it :
 it was not my foe that dealt so insolently with me,
   or I might have hidden myself from him;
But it was you, a man like myself :
 my companion and my familiar friend.
Together we enjoyed sweet fellowship :
 in the house of our God.
[Let them pass away in confusion :
 let death carry them to destruction;
Let them go down alive to Sheol :
 for evil is among them in their dwellings.]
But I will call to God :
 and the Lord my God will save me.
At evening, at morning, and at noon-day :
 I complain and groan aloud.
And he will hear my voice :
 and ransom my soul in peace,
From those that bear down upon me :
 for there are many against me.
God will hear and bring them low :
 he that is enthroned for ever.
For they do not keep their word :
 and they have no fear of God.
They lay violent hands on those that are at peace with them :
 they break solemn covenants.
Their mouths are smooth as butter, but war is in their hearts :
 their words are softer than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you :
 he will never suffer the righteous man to stumble.
But as for them, you will bring them down, O God :
 even to the depths of the Pit.
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days :
 but I will trust in you.


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