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Bay Psalm Book: Psalm 55

To the chief musician on Neginoth, Maschil, a psalm of David.

1 O GOD, do thou give ear unto

my supplication:

and do not hide thy self away

from my petition.

2 Bee thou attentive unto me,

and answer me return,

I in my meditation

do make a noise and mourn.

3 Because of th’ enemies voice, because

the wicked have opprest,

for they injustice on me cast

and in wrath me detest.

4 My heart in me is payn’d, on me

deaths terrors fallen be.

5 Trembling and fear are on me come,

horror hath covered me.

6 Then did I say, o who to me

wings of a dove will give;

that I might fly away and might

in quiet dwelling live.

7 Lo, I would wander far away,

and in the desert rest. Selah.

8 Soon would I ‘scape from windy storm,

from violent tempest.


9 Lord bring on them destruction,

do thou their tongues divide;

for strife and violence I within

the city have espy’d.

10 About it on the walls thereof,

they do walk night and day:

mischief also and sorrow do

in middest of it stay.

11 In midst thereof there’s wickedness;

deceitfulness also,

and out of the broad streets thereof

guilefulness doth not go.

12 For ’twas no foe reproach’t me, then

could I have borne; nor did

my foe against me lift himself

from him had I me hid.

13 But thou it was, the man that wert

my well esteemed peer,

which wast to me my special guide,

and mine acquaintance near.

14 We did together counsel take

in sweet society:

and we did walk into the house

of God in company.

15 Let death seize on them, and let them

go down quick into hell:

for wickedness among them is

in places where they dwell.


16 As for me, I will call on God;

and me the Lord save shall.

17 Ev’ning morn, and at noon will I

pray, and aloud will call,

18 and he shall hear my voice. He hath

in peace my soul set free

from war that was ‘gainst me, because

there many were with me.

19 God shall hear, and them smite, ev’n he

that doth of old abide; Selah.

because they have no change, therefore

Gods fear they lay aside.

20 Gainst such as be at peace with him

he hath put forth his hand:

he hath also the covenant

which he had made prophan’d.

21 His words then butter smoother were,

but war in’s heart: his words

more then the oil were softened

but yet they were drawn swords.

22 Thy burden cast upon the Lord,

and he sustain thee shall:

nor shall he suffer righteous ones

to be remov’d at all.

23 But thou o God, shalt down to hell

bring them who bloody be,

guileful shall not live half their days:

but I will trust in thee.