Lexham English Bible
God’s Blessing on the King
For the music director. A psalm of David.[a]
20 May Yahweh answer you in the day of trouble.
May the name of Jacob’s God protect[b] you.
2 May he send you help[c] from the sanctuary,
and from Zion may he sustain you.
3 May he remember all your offerings,
and your burnt offering may he regard favorably.[d]
4 May he give to you your heart’s desire,[e]
and your every plan may he fulfill. Selah
5 May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God may we set up banners.
May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.
6 Now I know that Yahweh will help his anointed.[f]
He will answer him from his holy heaven
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some boast in chariots and others in horses,[g]
but we boast in the name of Yahweh, our God.
8 They will collapse and fall,
and we will rise and stand firm.
9 Rescue,[h] O Yahweh.
Let the king answer us when we call.
- Psalm 20:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
- Psalm 20:1 The sense is that of making something inaccessibly high, like a fortress
- Psalm 20:2 Hebrew “your help”
- Psalm 20:3 Literally “find to be fat”
- Psalm 20:4 Literally “according to your heart”
- Psalm 20:6 Hebrew “messiah”
- Psalm 20:7 Literally “These in the chariots and those in the horses”
- Psalm 20:9 Or “Grant victory”