Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
55:3 \55:2\Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
55:4 \55:3\Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
55:5 \55:4\My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
55:6 \55:5\Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
55:7 \55:6\And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away, and be at rest.
55:8 \55:7\Lo, [then] would I wander far off, [and] remain in the wilderness. Selah.
55:9 \55:8\I would hasten my escape from the windy storm [and] tempest.
55:10 \55:9\Destroy, O Lord, [and] divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
55:11 \55:10\Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow [are] in the midst of it.
55:12 \55:11\Wickedness [is] in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
55:13 \55:12\For [it was] not an enemy [that] reproached me; then I could have borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
55:14 \55:13\But [it was] thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
55:15 \55:14\We took sweet counsel together, [and] walked unto the house of God in company.
55:16 \55:15\Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.
55:17 \55:16\As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
55:18 \55:17\Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
55:19 \55:18\He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle [that was] against me: for there were many with me.
55:20 \55:19\God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
55:21 \55:20\He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
55:22 \55:21\[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.
55:23 \55:22\Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
55:24 \55:23\But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
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