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Psalm 54

Unto the end: among the hymns of instruction by David.

Give ear to my prayer, O God, and despise not my supplication; attend unto me, and hear me.
I was grieved in my meditation, and was troubled, because of the voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the sinner.
For they brought iniquity upon me, and in wrath were they angry with me.

My heart is troubled within me, and the terror of death is fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and darkness hath covered me.
And I said, Who will give me wings like a dove? and I will fly away, and be at rest.
Lo, I fled afar off, and lodged in the wilderness.
I waited for God Which saveth me from faintheartedness and from tempest.
Drown, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen iniquity and strife in the city.
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; iniquity and toil and unrighteousness are in the midst of it.
And usury and deceit have not departed from her streets.
For had an enemy reproached me, then I could have borne it; and if he that hated me had spoken great things against me, then I would have hid myself from him.
But it was thou, a man of like mind with me, my guide and my familiar friend.
Who sweetened my meals together with me; we walked in the house of God in company.
Let death come upon them, and let them go down quick into Hades; for wickedness is in their dwellings, and in the midst of them.
As for me, I cried unto God, and the Lord heard me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon will I declare and tell of it; and He shall hear my voice.
He shall redeem my soul in peace from them that draw near to me, for they among many were with me.
God shall hear, and bring them down, even He that abideth from everlasting.
For there is no change with them, for they have not feared God.
He hath put forth His hand to repay; they have defiled His covenant.
They were scattered at the wrath of His countenance, and their hearts have drawn near. Their words are smoother than oil, and yet are they very darts.
Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He shall nourish thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

But Thou, O God, shalt bring these men 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.