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.

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,(A)
    mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,(B)
    because they are no more.”(C)

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,(D)
for your work will be rewarded,(E)
declares the Lord.
    “They will return(F) from the land of the enemy.
17 So there is hope(G) for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
    “Your children(H) will return to their own land.

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning:
    ‘You disciplined(I) me like an unruly calf,(J)
    and I have been disciplined.
Restore(K) me, and I will return,
    because you are the Lord my God.
19 After I strayed,(L)
    I repented;
after I came to understand,
    I beat(M) my breast.
I was ashamed(N) and humiliated
    because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’(O)
20 Is not Ephraim my dear son,
    the child(P) in whom I delight?
Though I often speak against him,
    I still remember(Q) him.
Therefore my heart yearns for him;
    I have great compassion(R) for him,”
declares the Lord.

21 “Set up road signs;
    put up guideposts.(S)
Take note of the highway,(T)
    the road that you take.
Return,(U) Virgin(V) Israel,
    return to your towns.
22 How long will you wander,(W)
    unfaithful(X) Daughter Israel?
The Lord will create a new thing(Y) on earth—
    the woman will return to[a](Z) the man.”

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  1. Jeremiah 31:22 Or will protect

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it(A) 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.(B) 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.(C) They will not leave one stone on another,(D) because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming(E) to you.”

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