New International Reader's Version

Psalm 55

Psalm 55

For the director of music. A maskil of David to be played on stringed instruments.

God, listen to my prayer.
    Pay attention to my cry for help.
    Hear me and answer me.
My thoughts upset me. I’m very troubled.
    I’m troubled by what my enemies say about me.
    I’m upset because they say they will harm me.
They cause me all kinds of suffering.
    When they are angry, they attack me with their words.

I feel great pain deep down inside me.
    The terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have taken hold of me.
    Panic has overpowered me.
I said, “I wish I had wings like a dove!
    Then I would fly away and be at rest.
I would escape to a place far away.
    I would stay out in the desert.
I would hurry to my place of safety.
    It would be far away from the winds and storms I’m facing.”

Lord, confuse the sinners and keep them from understanding one another.
    I see people destroying things and fighting in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl around on top of its walls.
    The city is full of crime and trouble.
11 Forces that destroy are at work inside it.
    Its streets are full of people who cheat others and take advantage of them.

12 If an enemy were making fun of me,
    I could stand it.
If he were getting ready to oppose me,
    I could hide.
13 But it’s you, someone like myself.
    It’s my companion, my close friend.
14 We used to enjoy good friendship at the house of God.
    We used to walk together among those who came to worship.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise.
    Let them be buried alive,
    because their hearts and homes are full of evil.

16 But I call out to God.
    And the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
    I groan and cry out.
    And he hears my voice.
18 Even though many enemies are fighting against me,
    he brings me safely back from the battle.
19 God has been on his throne since ancient times and does not change.
    He will hear my enemies and make them humble.
    That’s because they have no respect for God.

20 My companion attacks his friends.
    He breaks his promise.
21 His talk is as smooth as butter.
    But he has war in his heart.
His words flow like olive oil.
    But they are like swords ready for battle.

22 Turn your worries over to the Lord.
    He will keep you going.
    He will never let godly people be shaken.
23 God, you will bring sinners
    down to the grave.
Murderers and liars
    won’t live out even half of their lives.

But I trust in you.

New International Version

Psalm 55

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
    and assail me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c]
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.”

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
    at the house of God,
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
    for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.

20 My companion attacks his friends;
    he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
    yet they are drawn swords.

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
    will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  2. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.