Psalm 55

Cast Your Burden on the Lord

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
2 Attend to me, and hear me;
I a am 1 restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
3 Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
b For they bring down trouble upon me,
And in wrath they hate me.

4 c My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
6 So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
8 I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest."

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their 2 tongues,
For I have seen d violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it on its walls;
e Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
11 Destruction is in its midst;
f Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.

12 g For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has h exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
13 But it was you, a man my equal,
i My companion and my acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
And j walked to the house of God in the throng.
15 Let death seize them;
Let them k go down alive into 3 hell,
For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
17 l Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For m there were many against me.
19 God will hear, and afflict them,
n Even He who abides from of old. Selah
Because they do not change,
Therefore they do not fear God.

20 He has o put forth his hands against those who p were at peace with him;
He has broken his 4 covenant.
21 q The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
But war was in his heart;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

22 r Cast your burden on the LORD,
And s He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be 5 moved.

23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
t Bloodthirsty and deceitful men u shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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