The Psalms

Psalm 55

David, in his prayer, complains of his fearful case, 1-8. He prays against his enemies, of whose wickedness and treachery he complains, 9-15. He comforts himself in God's preservation of him and confusion of his enemies, 16-23.

1 [To the Chief Musician on Neginoth. Maschil. A Psalm of David.] Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide yourself from my supplication.

2 Attend to me and hear me. I mourn in my complaint and make a noise,

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.

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, "O that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest.

7 Behold, then 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 tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon its walls. Also mischief and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is in the midst of it. Deceit and guile do not depart from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy who reproached me—then I could have borne it—neither was it he who hated me who magnified himself against me—then I would have hid myself from him.

13 But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance.

14 We took sweet counsel together and walked to the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell, for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD will save me.

17 Evening, morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud, and he will hear my voice.

18 He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many with me.

19 God will hear and afflict them, even he who abides of old. [Selah.] Because they have no changes, therefore they do not fear God.

20 He has put forth his hands against those who are at peace with him. He has broken his covenant.

21 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 Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

Commentary

Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 55

Notes

[v.22] - Reference, 1st Peter 5:7.

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