The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America

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Psalm 55

Exaudi, Deus

1 Hear my prayer, O God,*

and hide not yourself from my petition.

2 Give heed to me, and hear me,*

for I am troubled in my prayer and am tormented,

3 Because of the cry of the enemy, and oppression by the ungodly;*

for they are of a mind to do me great harm, so maliciously are they set against me.

4 My heart is disquieted within me,*

and the fear of death has fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,*

and a horrible dread has overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove,*

for then would I fly away and be at rest.

7 Indeed, then I would get away to a far off place*

and make my dwelling in the wilderness.

8 I would make haste to escape,*

because of the stormy wind and tempest."

9 Confuse their speech, O Lord, and divide them,*

for I have seen unrighteousness and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about within her walls;*

trouble and sorrow are in the midst of her.

11 Great wickedness is there;*

deceit and guile do not leave her streets.

12 For it is not an enemy who has done me this dishonor,*

for then I could have borne it;

13 Neither was it my adversary who exalted himself against me,*

for then I would have hidden myself from him.

14 But it was you, my companion,*

my comrade and my 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 alive into the grave,*

for there is wickedness in their hearts.

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 lament,*

and he shall hear my voice.

19 It is he who shall deliver my soul in peace from the battle that is against me,*

for there are many who fight me.

20 God, who endures for ever, shall hear me and bring them down;*

for they never change, nor do they fear God.

21 My familiar friend has laid his hands upon those who were at peace with him,*

and he has broken his covenant.

22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, yet war was in his heart;*

his words were smoother than oil, and yet they were drawn swords.

23 O cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish you,*

and shall not allow the righteous to fall for ever.

24 But as for the bloodthirsty and deceitful,*

you, O God, shall bring them into the pit of destruction.

25 They shall not live out half their days;*

but my trust shall be in you, O Lord.

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