New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.
A Psalm of David.
27 The Lord is my (A)light and my (B)salvation;
Whom should I fear?
The Lord is the [a](C)defense of my life;
(D)Whom should I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to (E)devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they (F)stumbled and fell.
3 If an (G)army encamps against me,
My heart will not fear;
If war arises against me,
In spite of this I am (H)confident.
4 (I)One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may (J)dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold (K)the [b]beauty of the Lord
And to [c](L)meditate in His temple.
5 For on the (M)day of trouble He will (N)conceal me in His [d]tabernacle;
He will (O)hide me in the secret place of His tent;
He will (P)lift me up on a rock.
6 And now (Q)my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer (R)sacrifices in His tent [e]with shouts of joy;
I will (S)sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7 (T)Hear, Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and (U)answer me.
8 When You said, “(V)Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“(W)I shall seek Your face, Lord.”
9 (X)Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in (Y)anger;
You have been (Z)my help;
(AA)Do not abandon me nor (AB)forsake me,
God of my salvation!
10 [f]For my father and (AC)my mother have forsaken me,
But (AD)the Lord will take me up.
11 (AE)Teach me Your way, Lord,
And lead me on a (AF)level path
Because of my enemies.
12 Do not turn me over to the [g](AG)desire of my enemies,
For (AH)false witnesses have risen against me,
And the violent (AI)witness.
13 I certainly believed that I would see the (AJ)goodness of the Lord
In the (AK)land of the living.
14 (AL)Wait for the Lord;
Be (AM)strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.
A Psalm of David.
28 To You, Lord, I call;
My (AN)rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You (AO)are silent to me,
I will become like those who (AP)go down to the pit.
2 Hear the (AQ)sound of my pleadings when I cry to You for help,
When I (AR)raise my hands (AS)toward [h]Your holy (AT)sanctuary.
3 (AU)Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who practice injustice,
Who (AV)speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
4 Give back to them (AW)according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Give back to them according to the work of their hands;
Repay them what is due them.
5 Because they (AX)do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He (AY)has heard the sound of my pleading.
7 The Lord is my (AZ)strength and my (BA)shield;
My heart (BB)trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore (BC)my heart triumphs,
And with (BD)my song I shall thank Him.
8 The Lord is [i]their (BE)strength,
And He is a refuge of (BF)salvation to His anointed.
9 (BG)Save Your people and bless (BH)Your inheritance;
Be their (BI)shepherd also, and (BJ)carry them forever.
- Psalm 27:1 Or refuge
- Psalm 27:4 Lit delightfulness
- Psalm 27:4 Lit inquire
- Psalm 27:5 Or shelter
- Psalm 27:6 Lit of shouts
- Psalm 27:10 Or If my father...forsake me, Then the Lord
- Psalm 27:12 Lit soul
- Psalm 28:2 Lit the innermost place of Your sanctuary
- Psalm 28:8 A few mss and ancient versions the strength of His people