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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Psalms 55:1-23

To the director on stringed instruments. Masʹkil.* Of David. 55  Do give ear, O God, to my prayer;+ And do not hide yourself from my request for favor.+   Do pay attention to me and answer me.+ I am driven restlessly about by my concern,+ And I cannot but show disquietude,   Due to the voice of the enemy, because of the pressure of the wicked one.+ For they keep dropping upon me what is hurtful,+ And in anger they harbor animosity against me.+   My very heart is in severe pain within me,+ And the frights of death itself have fallen upon me.+   Fear, yes, trembling itself enters into me,+ And shuddering covers me.   And I keep saying: “O that I had wings as a dove has!+ I would fly away and reside.+   Look! I would go far away in flight;+ I would lodge in the wilderness.+Seʹlah   I would hasten to a place of escape for me From the rushing* wind, from the tempest.”+   Confuse, O Jehovah,* divide their tongue,+ For I have seen violence and disputing in the city.+ 10  Day and night they go round about it upon its walls;+ And hurtfulness and trouble are within it.+ 11  Adversities are within it; And from its public square oppression and deception have not moved away.+ 12  For it was not an enemy that proceeded to reproach me;+ Otherwise I could put up with it. It was not an intense hater of me that assumed great airs against me;+ Otherwise I could conceal myself from him.+ 13  But it was you, a mortal man who was as my equal,+ One familiar to me and my acquaintance,+ 14  Because we used to enjoy sweet intimacy together;+ Into the house of God we used to walk with the throng.+ 15  Desolations [be] upon them!+ Let them go down into Sheʹol alive;+ For during their alien residence bad things have been within them.+ 16  As for me, to God I shall call out;+ And Jehovah himself will save me.+ 17  Evening and morning and noontime I cannot but show concern and I moan,+ And he hears my voice.+ 18  He will certainly redeem [and put] my soul in peace from the fight that is against me,+ For in multitudes they have come to be against me.+ 19  God* will hear and answer them,+ Even He that is sitting [enthroned] as in the past+Seʹlah Those with whom there are no changings*+ And who have not feared God.+ 20  He has thrust out his hands against those at peace with him;+ He has profaned his covenant.+ 21  Smoother than butter* are [the words of] his mouth,+ But his heart is disposed to fight.*+ His words are softer than oil,+ But they are drawn swords.+ 22  Throw your burden* upon Jehovah himself,+ And he himself will sustain you.+ Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.+ 23  But you yourself, O God, will bring them down to the lowest pit.+ As for bloodguilty and deceitful men,* they will not live out half* their days.+ But as for me, I shall trust in you.+

Footnotes

See 32:Sup ftn.
“Calumniating,” according to another derivation of the participle.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
Or, “vicissitudes”; or, “mutual liabilities.”
By a correction of M.
Lit., “is fight (war).”
Or, “lot” (that which is given).
Lit., “men of bloods and deception.”
Lit., “will not halve.”