Psalm 55 Wednesday Midday 2. Friday Readings 4
Listen, God, to my prayer, * and do not feign ignorance of my plea.
Attend to me and answer me; * descend at my complaint.
I shudder at the voice of the enemy, * at the stare of the wicked;
for they heap abuse upon me, * and slander me to my face.
My heart flutters in my breast, * and Death's terrors assail me.
Fear and terror assault me; * and shudders overcome me.
I said, “Who will give me wings like a dove, * to fly away and be at rest?
I would fly far away, * and settle in the wilderness.
I would hasten to my haven * out of the sweeping wind and tempest.”
Lord, destroy their forked tongue! * for I see violence and strife in the city
making their rounds day and night; * on its walls are both malice and mischief!
From its center come pernicious deeds; * from its center they never leave; * from its square spread oppression and fraud!
It was not an enemy * who dealt me the insults that I bear.
It was not my opponent who defamed me, * that I should hide myself from him.
But you, a man of my rank, * my companion and confidant:
We used to take sweet counsel together * in the house of God; * we used to mingle among the throngs.
May death overcome them; * may they may they go down to Sheol alive,
For venemous words proceed * from their throat and breast.
But I called to God, * and Yahweh saved me
Evening, morning and noon * I complained and moaned,
and the Ransomer heard my voice, * making payment for my life.
He drew near to me * when full many were against me.
El heard me and answered; * the Ageless sent his reply, * because there is no variation in him.
Yet they had no fear of God. * That man laid hands on his ally, * and violated his covenant.
Smoother than cream was his speech, * but hostility was in his heart.
His words were smoother than oil, * but they were sharpened swords.
Your Provider is Yahweh the Most High, * your Benefactor who will sustain you.
Never will he allow * the just man to stumble.
But you, God, will bring them down * to the muddy pit.
Let men of idols and fetishes * not live half their days. * But as for me, I trust in you.
End of Wed Middy 2