11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
11 ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.
11 Even shopkeepers gouging and cheating in broad daylight.
11 Destruction is in its midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.
11 Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 55:11
Commentary on Psalm 55:9-15
(Read Psalm 55:9-15)
No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. Let us not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. God often destroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. And an interest divided against itself cannot long stand. The true Christian must expect trials from professed friends, from those with whom he has been united; this will be very painful; but by looking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ was betrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel in his crimes and doom. Both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. And this prayer is a prophecy of the utter, the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and rebel against the Messiah.