To the director; to be accompanied with stringed instruments. Masʹkil.* Of David. 55 Listen to my prayer, O God,+And do not ignore my request for mercy.*+ 2 Do pay attention to me and answer me.+ My concern makes me restless,+And I am distraught 3 Because of what the enemy is sayingAnd the pressure from the wicked one. For they heap trouble upon me,And in anger they harbor animosity against me.+ 4 My heart is in anguish within me,+And the terrors of death overwhelm me.+ 5 Fear and trembling come upon me,And shuddering grips me. 6 I keep saying: “If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and reside in safety. 7 Look! I would flee far away.+ I would lodge in the wilderness.+ (Selah) 8 I would hurry to a place of shelterAway from the raging wind, away from the storm.” 9 Confuse them, O Jehovah, and frustrate their plans,*+For I have seen violence and conflict in the city. 10 Day and night they walk around on its walls;Within it are malice and trouble.+ 11 Ruin is in its midst;Oppression and deception never depart from its public square.+ 12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me;+Otherwise I could put up with it. It is not a foe who has risen up against me;Otherwise I could conceal myself from him. 13 But it is you, a man like me,*+My own companion whom I know well.+ 14 We used to enjoy a warm friendship together;Into the house of God we used to walk along with the multitude. 15 May destruction overtake them!+ Let them go down alive into the Grave;*For evil resides among them and within them. 16 As for me, I will call out to God,And Jehovah will save me.+ 17 Evening and morning and noontime, I am troubled and I groan,*+And he hears my voice.+ 18 He will rescue* me and give me* peace from those fighting against me,For multitudes come against me.+ 19 God will hear and respond to them,+The one who sits enthroned from of old.+ (Selah) They will refuse to change,Those who have not feared God.+ 20 He* attacked those at peace with him;+He violated his covenant.+ 21 His words are smoother than butter,+But conflict is in his heart. His words are softer than oil,But they are drawn swords.+ 22 Throw your burden on Jehovah,+And he will sustain you.+ Never will he allow the righteous one to fall.*+ 23 But you, O God, will bring them down to the deepest pit.+ Those bloodguilty and deceitful men will not live out half their days.+ But as for me, I will trust in you.
^ Or “And do not hide yourself when I pray for help.”
^ Lit., “divide their tongue.”
^ Or “a man, my equal.”
^ Or “I am boisterous.”
^ Lit., “redeem.”
^ Or “my soul.”
^ That is, the former friend mentioned in vss. 13 and 14.
^ Or “stagger; totter.”