New American Standard Bible

Psalm 55

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A [a]Maskil of David.

1Give ear to my prayer, O God;
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and [b]am surely distracted,
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down [c]trouble upon me
And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
And [d]horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and [e]be at rest.
“Behold, I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the wilderness. [f]Selah.
“I would hasten to my place of refuge
From the stormy wind and tempest.”

[g]Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls,
And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.
11 Destruction is in her midst;
Oppression and deceit do not depart from her [h]streets.

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 myself from him.
13 But it is you, a man [i]my equal,
My companion and my [j]familiar friend;
14 We who had sweet [k]fellowship together
Walked in the house of God in the throng.
15 Let [l]death come deceitfully upon them;
Let them go down alive to [m]Sheol,
For evil is in their dwelling, 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 will redeem my soul in peace [n]from the battle which is against me,
For they are many who strive with me.
19 God will hear and [o]answer them—
Even the one who [p]sits enthroned from of old— Selah.
With whom there [q]is no change,
And who do not fear God.
20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has [r]violated his covenant.
21 His [s]speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast [t]your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to [u]be shaken.
23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the [v]pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 55:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 55:2 Or I must moan
  3. Psalm 55:3 Or wickedness
  4. Psalm 55:5 Lit shuddering
  5. Psalm 55:6 Lit settle down
  6. Psalm 55:7 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  7. Psalm 55:9 Lit Swallow up
  8. Psalm 55:11 Or plaza
  9. Psalm 55:13 Lit according to my valuation
  10. Psalm 55:13 Or acquaintance
  11. Psalm 55:14 Lit counsel; or intimacy
  12. Psalm 55:15 Another reading is desolations be upon them
  13. Psalm 55:15 I.e. the nether world
  14. Psalm 55:18 Or so that none may approach me
  15. Psalm 55:19 Or afflict
  16. Psalm 55:19 Or abides from
  17. Psalm 55:19 Lit are no changes
  18. Psalm 55:20 Lit profaned
  19. Psalm 55:21 Lit mouth
  20. Psalm 55:22 Or what He has given you
  21. Psalm 55:22 Or totter
  22. Psalm 55:23 Or lowest pit

Amplified Bible

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.