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Psalm 55

(from Day 10 Evening Prayer)

Exaudi, Deus

  1. HEAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from my petition.
  2. Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.
  3. The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief; so maliciously are they set against me.
  4. My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
  5. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
  6. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove: for then would I flee away, and be at rest.
  7. Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.
  8. I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempest.
  9. Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.
  10. Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
  11. Wickedness is therein: deceit and guile go not out of their streets.
  12. For it is not an open enemy, that hath done me this dishonour: for then I could have borne it.
  13. Neither was it mine adversary, that did magnify himself against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.
  14. But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.
  15. We took sweet counsel together: and walked in the house of God as friends.
  16. Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
  17. As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me.
  18. In the evening, and morning, and at noonday will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.
  19. It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
  20. Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down: for they will not turn, nor fear God.
  21. He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him: and he brake his covenant.
  22. The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart: his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.
  23. O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee: and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
  24. And as for them: thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
  25. The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days: nevertheless, my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.