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Psalm 55. Exaudi, Deus.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Tenth Day - Evening Prayer.
  1. Hear my prayer, O God; *
    do not hide yourself from my petition.
  2. Listen to me and answer me; *
    I have no peace, because of my cares.
  3. I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
    and by the pressure of the wicked;
  4. For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
    and are set against me in fury.
  5. My heart quakes within me, *
    and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
  6. Fear and trembling have come over me, *
    and horror overwhelms me.
  7. And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
    I would fly away and be at rest.
  8. I would flee to a far-off place *
    and make my lodging in the wilderness.
  9. Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; *
    for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
  10. Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, *
    but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
  11. There is corruption in her heart; *
    her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
  12. For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; *
    or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him.
  13. But it was you, a man after my own heart, *
    my companion, my own familiar friend.
  14. We took sweet counsel together, *
    and walked with the throng in the house of God.
  15. Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive into the grave; *
    for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
  16. But I will call upon God, *
    and the Lord will deliver me.
  17. In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, *
    and he will hear my voice.
  18. He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; *
    for there are many who fight me.
  19. God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; *
    they never change; they do not fear God.
  20. My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; *
    he has broken his covenant.
  21. His speech is softer than butter, *
    but war is in his heart.
  22. His words are smoother than oil, *
    but they are drawn swords.
  23. Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you; *
    he will never let the righteous stumble.
  24. For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
    down to the pit of destruction, O God.
  25. They shall not live out half their days, *
    but I will put my trust in you.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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