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Psalm 3[a]

Threatened but Trusting

A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.[b](A)


How many are my foes, Lord!
    How many rise against me!
[c]How many say of me,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.”(B)

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  1. Psalm 3 An individual lament complaining of enemies who deny that God will come to the rescue (Ps 3:2–3). Despite such taunts the psalmist hopes for God’s protection even in sleep (Ps 3:4–7). The Psalm prays for an end to the enemies’ power to speak maliciously (Ps 3:8) and closes peacefully with an expression of trust (Ps 3:9).
  2. 3:1 The superscription, added later, relates the Psalm to an incident in the life of David.
  3. 3:3, 3:5, 3:9 Selah: the term is generally considered a direction to the cantor or musicians but its exact meaning is not known. It occurs seventy-one times in thirty-nine Psalms.