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A Call to Yahweh in Distress

A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.[a]

Yahweh, how many are my enemies;
many are rising against me.
Many are saying about my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him from[b] God. Selah[c]
But[d] you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
With my voice I call to Yahweh
and he answers me from his holy hill.[e] Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.
I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people
who all around have set themselves against me.
Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.
The teeth of the wicked you break.
To Yahweh belongs deliverance;
may your blessing be over your people. Selah


  1. Psalm 3:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  2. Psalm 3:2 Or “in”
  3. Psalm 3:2 Meaning uncertain; probably a musical or liturgical direction
  4. Psalm 3:3 Or “And”
  5. Psalm 3:4 Literally “the hill of his holiness”