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Psalm 20 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

A Prayer for Victory

20 I pray that the Lord
will listen
when you
    are in trouble,
    and that the God of Jacob
    will keep you safe.
May the Lord send help
    from his temple
    and come to your rescue
    from Mount Zion.
May he remember your gifts
    and be pleased
    with what you bring.

May God do what you want most
    and let all go well for you.
Then you will win victories,
    and we will celebrate,
    while raising our banners
    in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer
    all of your prayers!

I am certain, Lord,
that you will help
    your chosen king.
You will answer my prayers
from your holy place
    in heaven,
    and you will save me
    with your mighty arm.

Some people trust the power
of chariots or horses,
    but we trust you, Lord God.
Others will stumble and fall,
    but we will be strong
    and stand firm.

Give the king victory, Lord,
    and answer our prayers.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 20.9 victory. . . prayers: Or “victory. He (God or the king) answers us.”
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