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Psalm 55. Exaudi, Deus.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Tenth Day - Evening Prayer.
  1. HEAR my prayer, O God, *
    and hide not thyself from my petition.
  2. Take heed unto me, and hear me, *
    how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed;
  3. The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast; *
    for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously are they set against me.
  4. My heart is disquieted within me, *
    and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
  5. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, *
    and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
  6. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! *
    for then would I flee away, and be at rest.
  7. Lo, then would I get me away far off, *
    and remain in the wilderness.
  8. I would make haste to escape, *
    because of the stormy wind and tempest.
  9. Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them; *
    for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.
  10. Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: *
    mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
  11. Wickedness is therein; *
    deceit and guile go not out of her streets.
  12. For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour; *
    for then I could have borne it;
  13. Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me; *
    for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him;
  14. But it was even thou, my companion, *
    my guide, and mine own familiar friend.
  15. We took sweet counsel together, *
    and walked in the house of God as friends.
  16. Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down alive into the pit; *
    for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
  17. As for me, I will call upon God, *
    and the Lord shall save me.
  18. In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly; *
    and he shall hear my voice.
  19. It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; *
    for there were many that strove with me.
  20. Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down; *
    for they will not turn, nor fear God.
  21. He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him, *
    and he brake his covenant.
  22. The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart; *
    his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.
  23. O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee, *
    and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
  24. And as for them, *
    thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
  25. The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days: *
    nevertheless, my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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