53:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity. There is no one who does good.
53:2 God looks down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there are any who understood, who seek after God.
53:3 Every one of them has gone back. They have become filthy together. There is no one who does good, no, not one.
53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don’t call on God?
53:5 There they were in great fear, where no fear was, for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you. You have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.
53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back his people from captivity, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Psalm 54 For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Isn’t David hiding himself among us?”
54:1 Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.
54:2 Hear my prayer, God. Listen to the words of my mouth.
54:3 For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven’t set God before them. Selah.
54:4 Behold, God is my helper. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
54:5 He will repay the evil to my enemies. Destroy them in your truth.
54:6 With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you. I will give thanks to your name, Yahweh, for it is good.
54:7 For he has delivered me out of all trouble. My eye has seen triumph over my enemies. Psalm 55 For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David.
55:1 Listen to my prayer, God. Don’t hide yourself from my supplication.
55:2 Attend to me, and answer me. I am restless in my complaint, and moan,
55:3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked. For they bring suffering on me. In anger they hold a grudge against me.
55:4 My heart is severely pained within me. The terrors of death have fallen on me.
55:5 Fearfulness and trembling have come on me. Horror has overwhelmed me.
55:6 I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away, and be at rest.
55:7 Behold, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness.” Selah.
55:8 “I would hurry to a shelter from the stormy wind and storm.”
55:9 Confuse them, Lord, and confound their language, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
55:10 Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.
55:11 Destructive forces are within her. Threats and lies don’t depart from her streets.
55:12 For it was not an enemy who insulted me, then I could have endured it. Neither was it he who hated me who raised himself up against me, then I would have hidden myself from him.
55:13 But it was you, a man like me, my companion, and my familiar friend.
55:14 We took sweet fellowship together. We walked in God’s house with company.
55:15 Let death come suddenly on them. Let them go down alive into Sheol . For wickedness is in their dwelling, in their midst.
55:16 As for me, I will call on God. Yahweh will save me.
55:17 Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice.
55:18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, although there are many who oppose me.
55:19 God, who is enthroned forever, will hear, and answer them. Selah. They never change, who don’t fear God.
55:20 He raises his hands against his friends. He has violated his covenant.
55:21 His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
55:22 Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
55:23 But you, God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in you. Psalm 56 For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Silent Dove in Distant Lands.” A poem by David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

from Daily #Bible Readings (WEB)