Psalms 55:1-11

Psalm 55In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term 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;55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.

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.

Day and night they prowl about on its walls;

malice and abuse are within it.

Destructive forces are at work in the city;

threats and lies never leave its streets.

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