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Psalm 55

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David.

1Listen to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my plea.

Listen to me and answer me;
I am restless and distraught in my complaint and distracted

Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble on me,
And in anger they persecute me.


My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

Fear and trembling have come upon me;
Horror has overwhelmed me.

And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.

“I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the [peace of the] wilderness. Selah.

“I would hurry to my refuge [my tranquil shelter far away]
From the stormy wind and from the tempest.”


[a]Confuse [my enemies], O Lord, divide their tongues [destroying their schemes],
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 
Day and night they go around her walls;
Wickedness and mischief are in her midst.
11 
Destruction is within her;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets and market places.

12 
For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
Then I could bear it;
Nor is it one who has hated me who insolently exalts himself against me—
Then I could hide from him.
13 
But it is you, a man my equal and my counsel,
My companion and my familiar friend;
14 
We who had sweet [b]fellowship together,
Who walked to the house of God in company.
15 
Let death come deceitfully upon them;
Let them go down alive to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),
For evil [of every kind] is in their dwelling and in their hearts, in their midst.

16 
As for me, I shall call upon God,
And the Lord will save me.
17 
Evening and morning and at noon I will complain and murmur,
And He will hear my voice.
18 
He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
19 
God will hear and humble them,
Even He who [c]sits enthroned from old— Selah.
Because in them there has been no change [of heart],
And they do not fear God [at all].
20 
He [my companion] has put out his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has [d]broken his covenant [of friendship and loyalty].
21 
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
But his heart was hostile;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

22 
Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
23 
But You, O God, will bring down the wicked to the pit of destruction;
Men of blood and treachery will not live out half their days.
But I will [boldly and unwaveringly] trust in You.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 55:9 Lit swallow up.
  2. Psalm 55:14 Lit counsel; or intimacy.
  3. Psalm 55:19 Or abides.
  4. Psalm 55:20 Lit profaned.

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Salmos 55

Al director musical. Acompáñese con instrumentos de cuerda. Masquil de David.

1Escucha, oh Dios, mi oración;
    no pases por alto mi súplica.
¡Óyeme y respóndeme,
    porque mis angustias me perturban!
Me aterran las amenazas del enemigo
    y la opresión de los impíos,
pues me causan sufrimiento
    y en su enojo me insultan.

Se me estremece el corazón dentro del pecho,
    y me invade un pánico mortal.
Temblando estoy de miedo,
    sobrecogido estoy de terror.
¡Cómo quisiera tener las alas de una paloma
    y volar hasta encontrar reposo!
Me iría muy lejos de aquí;
    me quedaría a vivir en el desierto. Selah
Presuroso volaría a mi refugio,
    para librarme del viento borrascoso
    y de la tempestad.

¡Destrúyelos, Señor! ¡Confunde su lenguaje!
    En la ciudad solo veo contiendas y violencia;
10 día y noche rondan por sus muros,
    y dentro de ella hay intrigas y maldad.
11 En su seno hay fuerzas destructivas;
    de sus calles no se apartan la opresión y el engaño.

12 Si un enemigo me insultara,
    yo lo podría soportar;
si un adversario me humillara,
    de él me podría yo esconder.
13 Pero lo has hecho tú, un hombre como yo,
    mi compañero, mi mejor amigo,
14 a quien me unía una bella amistad,
    con quien convivía en la casa de Dios.

15 ¡Que sorprenda la muerte a mis enemigos!
    ¡Que caigan vivos al sepulcro,
    pues en ellos habita la maldad!

16 Pero yo clamaré a Dios,
    y el Señor me salvará.
17 Mañana, tarde y noche
    clamo angustiado, y él me escucha.
18 Aunque son muchos los que me combaten,
    él me rescata, me salva la vida
    en la batalla que se libra contra mí.
19 ¡Dios, que reina para siempre,
    habrá de oírme y los afligirá! Selah
Esa gente no cambia de conducta,
    no tiene temor de Dios.
20 Levantan la mano contra sus amigos
    y no cumplen sus compromisos.
21 Su boca es blanda como la manteca,
    pero sus pensamientos son belicosos.
Sus palabras son más suaves que el aceite,
    pero no son sino espadas desenvainadas.

22 Encomienda al Señor tus afanes,
    y él te sostendrá;
no permitirá que el justo caiga
    y quede abatido para siempre.
23 Tú, oh Dios, abatirás a los impíos
    y los arrojarás en la fosa de la muerte;
la gente sanguinaria y mentirosa
    no llegará ni a la mitad de su vida.
Yo, por mi parte, en ti confío.