1 To the chief musician on Neginoth, a Maskil of David.(55:2)Give ear, O God, to my prayer, and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2 (55:3)Listen unto me, and answer me: I mourn in my grief, and moan;
3 (55:4)Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they cast wrong upon me, and in wrath they attack me.
4 (55:5)My heart is sorely pained within me, and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5 (55:6)Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and shuddering hath covered me.
6 (55:7)And I said, Oh that some one would give me wings like a dove! I would fly away and dwell quietly.
7 (55:8)Lo, I would flee far away, I would spend my night in the wilderness. Selah.
8 (55:9)I would prepare hastily a refuge for me from the sweeping wind and from storm.
9 (55:10)Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongue; for I have seen violence and strife in the city;
10 (55:11)Day and night do these encompass it upon her walls: and wrong and trouble are in her midst.
11 (55:12)Mischief is in her midst: guile and deceit depart not from her streets.
12 (55:13)For it is not an enemy that reproached me; then I could bear it: not he that hateth me hath magnified himself against me; then I would have hidden myself from him;
13 (55:14)But it is thou, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance;
14 (55:15)So that we took sweet secret counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in tumultuous company.
15 (55:16)Let him dispense death over them; let them go down alive into the nether world; for evil is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.
16 (55:17)I, however, will call on God: and the Lord will save me.
17 (55:18)At evening and morning and noon will I make my complaint and moan: and he heareth my voice.
18 (55:19)He delivereth my soul in peace from the battle against me; for in multitudes are they contending with me.
19 (55:20)God will hear, and humble themyea, he that sitteth enthroned from the oldest time Selahthose who dread no changes, and fear not God.
20 (55:21)He stretcheth out his hands against those at peace with him: he violateth his covenant.
21 (55:22)The creamy words of his mouth are smooth, yet there is war in his heart; his words are softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.
22 (55:23)Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 (55:24)But thou, O God, thou wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: let not the men of blood and deceit live out half their days; but I will indeed trust in thee.