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

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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.