A Prayer for the Destruction of the Deceitful
55 1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; 2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught 3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. 5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm."
55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
55:7 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.