Psalm 55. Exaudi, Deus.
- HEAR my prayer, O God, *
and hide not thyself from my petition.
- Take heed unto me, and hear me, *
how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed;
- 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.
- My heart is disquieted within me, *
and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
- Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, *
and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
- And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! *
for then would I flee away, and be at rest.
- Lo, then would I get me away far off, *
and remain in the wilderness.
- I would make haste to escape, *
because of the stormy wind and tempest.
- Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them; *
for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.
- Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: *
mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
- Wickedness is therein; *
deceit and guile go not out of her streets.
- For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour; *
for then I could have borne it;
- Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me; *
for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him;
- But it was even thou, my companion, *
my guide, and mine own familiar friend.
- We took sweet counsel together, *
and walked in the house of God as friends.
- Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down alive into the pit; *
for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
- As for me, I will call upon God, *
and the Lord shall save me.
- In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly; *
and he shall hear my voice.
- 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.
- Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down; *
for they will not turn, nor fear God.
- He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him, *
and he brake his covenant.
- 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.
- O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee, *
and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
- And as for them, *
thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
- The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days: *
nevertheless, my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.
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