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Psalms 55:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [[For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; And hide not thyself from my supplication.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [[For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [[To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[To the Chief Musician: with stringed Instruments. A Psalm of Instruction, of David.]] Give ear, O God, to my prayer, And do not hide thyself from my supplication:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To the Overseer with stringed instruments.—An instruction, by David. Give ear, O God, [to] my prayer, And hide not from my supplication.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Unto the end, in verses, understanding for David. Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[To the chiefe musician on Neginoth, Maschil. A [Psalme] of Dauid.]] Giue eare to my prayer, O God: and hide not thy selfe from my supplication.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[For the end, among Hymns of instruction by David.]] Hearken, O God, to my prayer; and disregard not my supplication.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maskil, [A Psalm] of Dawid.]] Give ear to my prayer, O Elohim; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[[To the chief Musician 5329
{5329} Prime
A primitive root; properly to glitter from afar, that is, to be eminent (as a superintendent, especially of the Temple services and its music); also (as denominative from H5331), to be permanent.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
on Nqn נְגִינֹת, 5058
{5058} Prime
From H5059; properly instrumental music; by implication a stringed instrument; by extension a poem set to music; specifically an epigram.
Ma$cl מַשׂכִּיל, 4905
{4905} Prime
From H7919; instructive, that is, a didactic poem.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
[A Psalm] of Dwi דָּוִד.]] 1732
{1732} Prime
From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse.
Give ear 238
{0238} Prime
A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H0241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen.
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
to my prayer, 8605
{8605} Prime
From H6419; intercession, supplication; by implication a hymn.
O lhm אֱלֹהִים; 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
and hide y5956
[5956] Standard
A primitive root; to veil from sight, that is, conceal (literally or figuratively).
<8691> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 533
not thyself x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
(5956) Complement
A primitive root; to veil from sight, that is, conceal (literally or figuratively).
from my supplication. 8467
{8467} Prime
From H2603; graciousness; causatively entreaty.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 55:1

_ _ Psalms 55:1-23. In great terror on account of enemies, and grieved by the treachery of a friend, the Psalmist offers an earnest prayer for relief. He mingles confident assurances of divine favor to himself with invocations and predictions of God’s avenging judgments on the wicked. The tone suits David’s experience, both in the times of Saul and Absalom, though perhaps neither was exclusively before his mind.

_ _ hide not thyself, etc. — (compare Psalms 13:1; Psalms 27:9), withhold not help.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 55:1-8

_ _ In these verses we have,

_ _ I. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore and a relief to the spirit under every burden: Give ear to my prayer, O God! Psalms 55:1, Psalms 55:2. He does not set down the petitions he offered up to God in his distress, but begs that God would hear the prayers which, at every period, his heart lifted up to God, and grant an answer of peace to them: Attend to me, hear me. Saul would not hear his petitions; his other enemies regarded not his pleas; but, “Lord, be thou pleased to hearken to me. Hide not thyself from my supplication, either as one unconcerned and not regarding it, nor seeming to take any notice of it, or as one displeased, angry at me, and therefore at my prayer.” If we, in our prayers, sincerely lay open ourselves, our case, our hearts, to God, we have reason to hope that he will not hide himself, his favours, his comforts, from us.

_ _ II. David weeping; for in this he was a type of Christ that he was a man of sorrows and often in tears (Psalms 55:2): “I mourn in my complaint” (or in my meditation, my melancholy musings), “and I make a noise; I cannot forbear such sighs and groans, and other expressions of grief, as discover it to those about me.” Great griefs are sometimes noisy and clamorous, and thus are, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that are stifled, and have no vent given them. But what was the matter? Psalms 55:3. It is because of the voice of the enemy, the menaces and insults of Absalom's party, that swelled, and hectored, and stirred up the people to cry out against David, and shout him out of his palace and capital city, as afterwards the chief priests stirred up the mob to cry out against the Son of David, Away with himCrucify him. Yet it was not the voice of the enemy only that fetched tears from David's eyes, but their oppression, and the hardship he was thereby reduced to: They cast iniquity upon me. They could not justly charge David with any mal-administration in his government, could not prove any act of oppression or injustice upon him, but they loaded him with calumnies. Though they found no iniquity in him relating to his trust as a king, yet they cast all manner of iniquity upon him, and represented him to the people as a tyrant fit to be expelled. Innocency itself is no security against violent and lying tongues. They hated him themselves, nay, in wrath they hated him; there was in their enmity both the heat and violence of anger, or sudden passion, and the implacableness of hatred and rooted malice; and therefore they studied to make him odious, that others also might hate him. This made him mourn, and the more because he could remember the time when he was the darling of the people, and answered to his name, Davida beloved one.

_ _ III. David trembling, and in great consternation. We may well suppose him to be so upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy and the general defection of the people, even those that he had little reason to suspect. 1. See what fear seized him. David was a man of great boldness, and in some very eminent instances had signalized his courage, and yet, when the danger was surprising and imminent, his heart failed him. Let not the stout man therefore glory in his courage any more than the strong man in his strength. Now David's heart is sorely pained within him; the terrors of death have fallen upon him, Psalms 55:4. Fearfulness of mind and trembling of body came upon him, and horror covered and overwhelmed him, Psalms 55:5. When without are fightings no marvel that within are fears; and, if it was upon the occasion of Absalom's rebellion, we may suppose that the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah, which God was now reckoning with him for, added as much more to the fright. Sometimes David's faith made him, in a manner, fearless, and he could boldly say, when surrounded with enemies, I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. But at other times his fears prevail and tyrannise; for the best men are not always alike strong in faith. 2. See how desirous he was, in this fright, to retire into a desert, any where to be far enough from hearing the voice of the enemy and seeing their oppressions. He said (Psalms 55:6), said it to God in prayer, said it to himself in meditation, said it to his friends in complaint, O that I had wings like a dove! Much as he had been sometimes in love with Jerusalem, now that it had become a rebellious city he longed to get clear of it, and, like the prophet, wished he had in the wilderness a lodging place of way-faring men, that he might leave his people and go from them; for they were an assembly of treacherous men, Jeremiah 9:2. This agrees very well with David's resolution upon the breaking out of that plot, Arise, let us flee, and make speed to depart, 2 Samuel 15:14. Observe, (1.) How he would make his escape. He was so surrounded with enemies that he saw not how he could escape but upon the wing, and therefore he wishes, O that I had wings! not like a hawk that flies swiftly; he wishes for wings, not to fly upon the prey, but to fly from the birds of prey, for such his enemies were. The wings of a dove were most agreeable to him who was of a dove-like spirit, and therefore the wings of an eagle would not become him. The dove flies low, and takes shelter as soon as she can, and thus would David fly. (2.) What he would make his escape from — from the wind, storm, and tempest, the tumult and ferment that the city was now in, and the danger to which he was exposed. Herein he was like a dove, that cannot endure noise. (3.) What he aimed at in making this escape, not victory but rest: “I would fly away and be at rest, Psalms 55:6. I would fly any where, if it were to a barren frightful wilderness, ever so far off, so I might be quiet,” Psalms 55:7. Note, Peace and quietness in silence and solitude are what the wisest and best of men have most earnestly coveted, and the more when they have been vexed and wearied with the noise and clamour of those about them. Gracious souls wish to retire from the hurry and bustle of this world, that they may sweetly enjoy God and themselves; and, if there be any true peace on this side heaven, it is they that enjoy it in those retirements. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world to perfect and everlasting rest.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 55:1

"To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David." Give ear to (a) my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

(a) The earnestness of his prayer declares the vehemency of his grief in so much as he is compelled to burst out into cries.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 5:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.]] Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
Psalms 17:1 [[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.
Psalms 64:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Psalms 80:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph.]] Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest [between] the cherubims, shine forth.
Psalms 84:8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.


Psalms 28:1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, [if] thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Psalms 80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
Psalms 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Lamentations 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
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