Book of Psalms (Author Moses, David, Solomon, Asaph, Eman, Ethan, sons of Core, compiled by Esdras)

55:1¤ Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication:

55:2Be attentive to me and hear me. I am grieved in my exercise; and am troubled,

55:3At the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. For they have cast iniquities upon me: and in wrath they were troublesome to me.

55:4My heart is troubled within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

55:5Fear and trembling are come upon me: and darkness hath covered me.

55:6And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest?

55:7Lo, I have gone far off flying away; and I abode in the wilderness.

55:8I waited for him that hath saved me from pusillanimity of spirit, and a storm.

55:9Cast down, O Lord, and divide their tongues; for I have seen iniquity and contradiction in the city.

55:10Day and night shall iniquity surround it upon its walls: and in the midst thereof are labour,

55:11And injustice. And usury and deceit have not departed from its streets.

55:12For if my enemy had reviled me, I would verily have borne with it. And if he that hated me had spoken great things against me, I would perhaps have hidden my self from him.

55:13But thou a man of one mind, my guide, and my familiar,

55:14Who didst take sweetmeats together with me: in the house of God we walked with consent.

55:15Let death come upon them, and let them go down alive into hell. For there is wickedness in their dwellings: in the midst of them.

55:16But I have cried to God: and the Lord will save me.

55:17Evening and morning, and at noon I will speak and declare: and he shall hear my voice.

55:18He shall redeem my soul in peace from them that draw near to me: for among many they were with me.

55:19God shall hear, and the Eternal shall humble them. For there is no change with them, and they have not feared God:

55:20He hath stretched forth his hand to repay. They have defiled his covenant,

55:21They are divided by the wrath of his countenance, and his heart hath drawn near. His words are smoother than oil, and the same are darts.

55:22Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall not suffer the just to waver for ever.

55:23But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee, O Lord.

56:1¤ Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.

56:2My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for they are many that make war against me.

56:3From the height of the day I shall fear: but I will trust in thee.

56:4In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me.

56:5All the day long they detested my words: all their thoughts were against me unto evil.

56:6They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel. As they have waited for my soul,

56:7For nothing shalt thou save them: in thy anger thou shalt break the people in pieces. O God,

56:8I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight, As also in thy promise.

56:9Then shall my enemies be turned back. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, behold I know thou art my God.

56:10In God will I praise the word, in the Lord will I praise his speech.

56:11In God have I hoped, I will not fear what man can do to me.

56:12In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to thee:

56:13Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, my feet from falling: that I may please in the sight of God, in the light of the living.

57:1¤ Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in thee. And in the shadow of thy wings will I hope, until iniquity pass away.

57:2I will cry to God the most high; to God who hath done good to me.

57:3He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: he hath made them a reproach that trod upon me. God hath sent his mercy and his truth,

57:4And he hath delivered my soul from the midst of the young lions. I slept troubled. The sons of men, whose teeth are weapons and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

57:5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth.

57:6They prepared a snare for my feet; and they bowed down my soul. They dug a pit before my face, and they are fallen into it.

57:7My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing, and rehearse a psalm.

57:8Arise, O my glory, arise psaltery and harp: I will arise early.

57:9I will give praise to thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing a psalm to thee among the nations.

57:10For thy mercy is magnified even to the heavens: and thy truth unto the clouds.

57:11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.

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