Psalm 55

1 Hear my prayer, O God:
    and do not hide yourself from my petition.
2 Give heed to me, and answer me:
    I am restless in my complaining.
3 I am in turmoil at the voice of the enemy:
    at the onslaught of the wicked.
4 For they bring down disaster upon me:
    they persecute me with bitter fury.
5 My heart writhes within me:
    and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6 Fear and trembling come upon me:
    and horror overwhelms me.
7 And I said 'O for the wings of a dove:
    that I might fly away and find rest.
8 'Then I would flee far off:
    and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9 'I would hasten to find me a refuge:
    out of the blast of slander,
10 'Out of the tempest of their calumny, O Lord:
    and far from their double tongues.'
11 For I have seen violence and strife in the city:
    day and night they go round it upon its walls.
12 Evil and wickedness are within it:
    iniquity is within it, oppression and fraud do not depart from its streets.
13 It was not an enemy that reviled me, or I might have borne it:
    it was not my foe that dealt so insolently with me, or I might have hidden myself from them;
14 But it was you, a person like myself:
    my companion and my familiar friend.
15 Together we enjoyed sweet fellowship:
    in the house of our God. [16 Let them pass away in confusion:
    let death carry them to destruction;
17 Let them go down alive to Sheol:
    for evil is among them in their dwellings.]
18 But I will call to God:
    and the Lord my God will save me.
19 At evening, at morning, and at noon-day:
    I complain and groan aloud.
20 And he will hear my voice:
    and ransom my soul in peace,
21 From those that bear down upon me:
    for there are many against me.
22 God will hear and bring them low:
    he that is enthroned for ever.
23 For they do not keep their word:
    and they have no fear of God.
24 They lay violent hands on those that are at peace with them:
    they break solemn covenants.
25 Their mouths are smooth as butter, but war is in their hearts:
    their words are softer than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
26 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you:
    he will never suffer the righteous to stumble.
27 But as for them, you will bring them down, O God:
    even to the depths of the Pit.
28 The bloodthirsty and deceitful shall not live out half their days:
    but I will trust in you.