Psalm 55-57

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Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O Elohim;

And hide not yourself from my supplication.

2 Attend to me, and answer me:

I am restless in my complaint, and moan,

3 Because of the voice of the enemy,

Because of the oppression of the wicked;

For they cast iniquity upon me,

And in anger they persecute me.

4 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 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!

Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

7 Lo, then would I wander far off,

I would lodge in the wilderness.


8 I would hasten myself to a shelter

From the stormy wind and tempest.

9 Destroy, O Yahweh, and divide their tongue;

For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls of it:

Iniquity also and mischief are in the middle of it.

11 Wickedness is in the middle of it:

Oppression and guile depart not from its streets.

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:

13 But it was you, a man my equal,

My companion, and my familiar friend.

14 We took sweet counsel together;

We walked in the house of Elohim with the throng.

15 Let death come suddenly upon them,

Let them go down alive into Sheol;

For wickedness is in their dwelling in the middle of them.

16 As for me, I will call upon Elohim;

And Yahweh will save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noonday; will I complain, and moan;

And he will hear my voice.

18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me;

For they were many that contended with me.

19 El will hear, and answer them,

Even he that remained of old,


The men who have no changes,

And who fear not Elohim.

20 He has put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him:

He has profaned his covenant.

21 His mouth was smooth as butter,

But his heart was war:

His words were softer than oil,

Yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden upon Yahweh, and he will sustain you:

He will never permit the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O Elohim, will bring them down into the pit of destruction:

Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;

But I will trust in you.



For the Chief Musician; set to Jonath elem rehokim.

A Psalm of David. Michtam; when the Philistines took him in Gath.


Psalm 56

Be merciful to me, O Elohim; for man would swallow me up:

All the day long he fighting oppresses me.

2 My enemies would swallow me up all the day long;

For they are many that fight proudly against me.

3 What time I am afraid,

I will put my trust in you.

4 In Elohim (I will praise his word),

In Elohim have I put my trust, I will not be afraid;

What can flesh do to me?

5 All the day long they wrest my words:

All their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,

They mark my steps,

Even as they have waited for my soul.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity?

In anger cast down the peoples, O Elohim.

8 You number my wanderings:

Put my tears into your bottle;

Are they not in the book?

9 Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I call:

This I know, that Elohim is for me.

10 In Elohim (I will praise his word),

In Yahweh (I will praise his word),

11 In Elohim have I put my trust, I will not be afraid;

What can man do to me?

12 Your vows are upon me, O Elohim:

I will render thank-offerings to you.

13 For you have delivered my soul from death:

Have you not delivered my feet from falling,

That I may walk before Elohim

In the light of the living?



For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth.

A Psalm of David. Michtam; when he fled from Saul, in the cave.


Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O Elohim, be merciful to me;

For my soul takes refuge in you:

Yes, in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge,

Until these calamities are past.

2 I will cry to Elohim Most High,

To El that performs all things for me.

3 He will send from heaven, and save me,

When he that would swallow me up reproaches;


Elohim will send forth his lovingkindness and his truth.

4 My soul is among lions;

I lie among them that are set on fire,

Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,

And their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be you exalted, O Elohim, above the heavens;

Let your glory be above all the earth.

6 They have prepared a net for my steps;

My soul is bowed down:

They have dug a pit before me;

They have fallen into the middle of it themselves.


7 My heart is fixed, O Elohim, my heart is fixed:

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises.

8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp:

I myself will awake right early.

9 I will give thanks to you, O Yahweh, among the peoples:

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

10 For your lovingkindness is great to the heavens,

And your truth to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O Elohim, above the heavens;

Let your glory be above all the earth.



For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth.

A Psalm of David. Michtam.

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