Psalms 55

Betrayal of a Friend and Trust in God
For the music director, with stringed instruments.
A maskil of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Give ear, O God, to my prayer,
and do not hide yourself from my plea.
2Attend to me and answer me.
I am restless in my lamenting and I groan,
3because of the voice of an enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked,
because they bring down evil on me,
and in anger they hold a grudge against me.
4My heart trembles within me,
and deathly terrors fall on me.
5Fear and trembling come on me,
and horror overwhelms me.
6So I say, “Oh, that#Literally “Who will give that” I had wings like a dove.
I would fly away and be at rest.
7Look, I would flee far away.
I would dwell in the wilderness. Selah
8I would hurry to my refuge
from the raging wind and storm.”
9Confuse, O Lord; divide their speech,
because I see violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go around it on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are in its midst.
11Destruction is within it,
and oppression and deceit
do not depart from its public square.
12For it is not an enemy that taunts me,
or I could bear it.
It is not one who hates me that magnifies himself over me,
or I could hide myself from him.
13But it is you, a man my equal,
my friend and confidant.
14We who would take sweet counsel together;
in the house#Or “temple” of God
we would walk with the throng.
15Let death deceive them. May they descend to Sheol alive,
because evil is in their home and heart.#Literally “inward part”
16As for me, I will call to God,
and Yahweh will save me.
17Morning, noon and night#Literally “evening and morning and noon” I will lament and groan loudly,
and he will hear my voice.
18He safely redeems my life from the battle against me,#Or “my battle”
because those standing against me are among many.
19God will hear and answer them,#Or “and humble them”
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
Because they do not change,
and they do not fear God.
20He has put forth his hands against his friends;#Literally “those at peace with him”
he has defiled his covenant.
21The buttery words#Literally “butter” of his mouth were smooth,
but there was battle in his heart.
His words were smoother than oil,
but they were drawn swords.
22Cast your burden on Yahweh,
and he will sustain you.
He will never allow the righteous to be moved.#Or “shaken”
23But you, O God, you will bring them down to the pit of corruption.
The men of bloodshed and deceit will not live half their days,
but I will trust you.