NASB — Psalms 55 — KJV

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.

  1 aGive ear to my prayer, O God;
  And bdo not hide Yourself from my supplication.
  2 Give aheed to me and answer me;
  I am restless in my bcomplaint and Icam surely distracted,
  3 Because of the voice of the enemy,
  Because of the apressure of the wicked;
  For they bbring down Itrouble upon me
  And in anger they cbear a grudge against me.

[1] Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm aPs 54:2; 61:1; 86:6 bPs 27:9
[2] IOr I must moan aPs 66:19; 86:6, 7 b1S 1:16; Jb 9:27; Ps 64:1; 77:3; 142:2 cIs 38:14; 59:11; Ezk 7:16
[3] IOr wickedness aPs 17:9 b2S 16:7, 8 cPs 71:11; 143:3

  4 ¶ My aheart is in anguish within me,
  And the terrors of bdeath have fallen upon me.
  5 Fear and atrembling come upon me,
  And Ibhorror has overwhelmed me.
  6 I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
  I would fly away and Iabe at rest.
  7 “Behold, I would wander far away,
  I would alodge in the wilderness.
      ISelah.
  8 “I would hasten to my place of refuge
  From the astormy wind [and] tempest.”

[4] aPs 38:8 bPs 18:4, 5; 116:3
[5] ILit shuddering aPs 119:120 bJb 21:6; Is 21:4; Ezk 7:18
[6] ILit settle down aJb 3:13
[7] ISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude a1S 23:14
[8] aIs 4:6; 25:4; 29:6

  9IConfuse, O Lord, adivide their tongues,
  For I have seen bviolence 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 aDestruction is in her midst;
  bOppression and deceit do not depart from her Istreets.

[9] ILit Swallow up aGn 11:9 bPs 11:5; Jr 6:7
[11] IOr plaza aPs 5:9 bPs 10:7; 17:9

  12 ¶ For it is anot an enemy who reproaches me,
  Then I could bear [it];
  Nor is it one who hates me who bhas exalted himself against me,
  Then I could hide myself from him.
  13 But it is you, a man Imy equal,
  My acompanion and my IIbfamiliar friend;
  14 We who had sweet Ifellowship together
  aWalked in the house of God in the throng.
  15 Let Ideath come adeceitfully upon them;
  Let them bgo down alive to IISheol,
  For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

[12] aPs 41:9 bPs 35:26
[13] ILit according to my valuation IIOr acquaintance a2S 15:12 bJb 19:14; Ps 41:9
[14] ILit counsel; or intimacy aPs 42:4
[15] IAnother reading is desolations be upon them III.e. the nether world aPs 64:7; Pv 6:15; Is 47:11; 1Th 5:3 bNu 16:30, 33

  16 ¶ As for me, I shall acall upon God,
  And the LORD will save me.
  17 aEvening and bmorning and at cnoon, I will complain and murmur,
  And He will hear my voice.
  18 He will aredeem my soul in peace Ifrom the battle [which is] against me,
  For they are bmany [who strive] with me.
  19 God will ahear and Ianswer them—
  Even the one bwho IIsits enthroned from of old
      Selah.
  With whom there IIIis no change,
  And who cdo not fear God.
  20 He has put forth his hands against athose who were at peace with him;
  He has Ibviolated his covenant.
  21 His Ispeech was asmoother than butter,
  But his heart was war;
  His words were asofter than oil,
  Yet they were drawn bswords.

[16] aPs 57:2, 3
[17] aPs 141:2; Dn 6:10; Ac 3:1; 10:3, 30 bPs 5:3; 88:13; 92:2 cAc 10:9
[18] IOr so that none may approach me aPs 103:4 bPs 56:2
[19] IOr afflict IIOr abides from IIILit are no changes aPs 78:59 bDt 33:27; Ps 90:2; 93:2 cPs 36:1
[20] ILit profaned aPs 7:4; 120:7 bNu 30:2; Ps 89:34
[21] ILit mouth aPs 12:2; 28:3; Pv 5:3, 4 bPs 57:4; 59:7

  22aCast Iyour burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
  bHe will never allow the righteous to IIcbe shaken.
  23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the Iapit of destruction;
  bMen of bloodshed and deceit will cnot live out half their days.
  But I will dtrust in You.

[22] IOr what He has given you IIOr totter aPs 37:5; 1P 5:7 bPs 37:24 cPs 15:5; 112:6
[23] IOr lowest pit aPs 73:18; Is 38:17; Ezk 28:8 bPs 5:6 cJb 15:32; Pv 10:27 dPs 25:2; 56:3


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David in his prayer complaineth of his fearful case.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, [then] would I wander far off, [and] remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm [and] tempest.

[1] Ps 5:1; 17:1; 28:1; 64:1; 80:1, 4; 84:8; 143:7; Lm 3:8; 1P 3:12.
[2] Ps 13:1; 32:3; 38:6; 43:2; 102:9; Is 38:14.
[3] 2S 15:3; 16:7; 19:19; Ps 12:5; 27:12; 35:11; 54:3; 73:8; Lm 3:34; Mt 26:59.
[4] Ps 6:3; 18:4; 69:20; 88:3; 102:3; 116:3; Is 38:10; Mt 26:37; Mk 14:33; Jn 12:27; 2Co 1:8; He 5:7.
[5] 2S 15:14; Jb 6:4; 23:15; Ps 42:6; 61:2; 88:15; 119:120; Lk 22:44.
[6] Ps 11:1; 139:9; Rv 12:14.
[7] 1S 27:1; 2S 15:14; 17:21; Pv 6:4; Jr 9:2; 37:12.
[8] Ps 18:4; Is 17:12; Mt 7:25.

He prayeth against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complaineth.

9 Destroy, O Lord, [and] divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow [are] in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness [is] in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12 For [it was] not an enemy [that] reproached me; then I could have borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But [it was] thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, [and] walked unto the house of God in company. 15 Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.

[9] Gn 11:7; 2S 15:31; 17:1; Jr 6:7; 23:14; Mt 23:37; Jn 7:45; Ac 23:6.
[10] 1S 19:11; 2S 16:21; 17:1; Ps 59:6, 14; Is 59:6; Ezk 9:4; Ho 7:6; Mi 2:1; Zp 3:1; Jn 18:3, 28; Ac 9:24.
[11] Ps 109:2; Is 59:7; Jr 5:26; 9:3; Ezk 22:1; Mt 26:4; Ac 7:51.
[12] Ps 35:26; 38:16; 41:9; Is 10:15; Mt 26:21; Jn 13:18; 18:2.
[13] 2S 15:12; 16:23; Jr 9:4; Mi 7:5; Mt 26:47; Mk 14:44; Lk 22:21, 47; Jn 19:13.
[14] Ps 42:4; 122:1; Is 2:3; Ezk 33:31.
[15] Nu 16:30; 2S 17:23; 18:9, 14; Ps 9:17; 59:13; 69:22; 109:6; Mt 26:24; 27:5; Ac 1:18, 25.

He comforteth himself in God's preservation of him, and confusion of his enemies.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle [that was] against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 [The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

[16] Ps 50:15; 73:28; 91:15; 109:4; Lk 6:11.
[17] Jb 19:7; Ps 5:2; 119:62, 147; Lm 3:8; Dn 6:10, 13; Mk 1:35; 6:46, 48; Lk 18:1; Ac 3:1; 10:3, 9, 30; Ep 6:18; 1Th 5:17; He 5:7.
[18] 2S 18:28; 22:1; 2K 6:16; 2Ch 32:7; Ps 3:6; 27:1; 57:3; 118:10; Mt 26:53; Ac 2:33; 1Jn 4:4.
[19] Dt 33:27; Ps 65:5; 73:5; 90:1; 143:12; Pv 1:32; Ec 8:11; Is 36:20; Jr 48:11; Mi 5:2; Zp 1:12; Col 1:17; 1Th 2:15; Rv 6:10.
[20] 1S 22:17; 24:10; 2S 2:4; 5:3; 14:32; 15:10; 18:12; Ps 7:4; 89:28, 34, 38; 109:5; 120:6; Ec 8:2; Ezk 17:16; Ac 12:1.
[21] Ps 28:3; 57:4; 62:4; 64:3; Pv 5:3; 12:18; 26:24, 28; Mt 26:25; Lk 20:20; Jn 13:2.
[22] 1S 2:9; Ps 16:8; 27:14; 37:5, 24; 42:10; 62:2, 6, 8; 63:8; 121:3; Is 50:10; Mt 6:25, 31; 11:28; Lk 12:22; Jn 10:27; Php 4:6; 1P 1:5; 5:7.
[23] 2S 3:27; 20:9; 1K 2:5; Jb 15:32; Ps 5:6; 7:15; 58:9; 59:12; Pv 10:27; 15:11; 27:20; Ec 7:17; Is 38:17; Mt 27:4.


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