Psalm 20[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;(A)
    may the name of the God of Jacob(B) protect you.(C)
May he send you help(D) from the sanctuary(E)
    and grant you support(F) from Zion.(G)
May he remember(H) all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b](I)
May he give you the desire of your heart(J)
    and make all your plans succeed.(K)
May we shout for joy(L) over your victory
    and lift up our banners(M) in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.(N)

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.(O)
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.(P)
Some trust in chariots(Q) and some in horses,(R)
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.(S)
They are brought to their knees and fall,(T)
    but we rise up(U) and stand firm.(V)
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us(W) when we call!


  1. Psalm 20:1 In Hebrew texts 20:1-9 is numbered 20:2-10.
  2. Psalm 20:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Lord, I have heard(A) of your fame;
    I stand in awe(B) of your deeds, Lord.(C)
Repeat(D) them in our day,
    in our time make them known;
    in wrath remember mercy.(E)

God came from Teman,(F)
    the Holy One(G) from Mount Paran.[a](H)
His glory covered the heavens(I)
    and his praise filled the earth.(J)
His splendor was like the sunrise;(K)
    rays flashed from his hand,
    where his power(L) was hidden.
Plague(M) went before him;
    pestilence followed his steps.
He stood, and shook the earth;
    he looked, and made the nations tremble.
The ancient mountains crumbled(N)
    and the age-old hills(O) collapsed(P)
    but he marches on forever.(Q)
I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
    the dwellings of Midian(R) in anguish.(S)

Were you angry with the rivers,(T) Lord?
    Was your wrath against the streams?
Did you rage against the sea(U)
    when you rode your horses
    and your chariots to victory?(V)
You uncovered your bow,
    you called for many arrows.(W)
You split the earth with rivers;
10     the mountains saw you and writhed.(X)
Torrents of water swept by;
    the deep roared(Y)
    and lifted its waves(Z) on high.

11 Sun and moon stood still(AA) in the heavens
    at the glint of your flying arrows,(AB)
    at the lightning(AC) of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
    and in anger you threshed(AD) the nations.
13 You came out(AE) to deliver(AF) your people,
    to save your anointed(AG) one.
You crushed(AH) the leader of the land of wickedness,
    you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
    when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,(AI)
gloating as though about to devour
    the wretched(AJ) who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea(AK) with your horses,
    churning the great waters.(AL)

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  1. Habakkuk 3:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the middle of verse 9 and at the end of verse 13.

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time(A)

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem,(B) and everything that is written by the prophets(C) about the Son of Man(D) will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles.(E) They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him(F) and kill him.(G) On the third day(H) he will rise again.”(I)

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.(J)

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