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Psalm 4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

(0) For the leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David:

(1) O God, my vindicator!
Answer me when I call!
When I was distressed, you set me free;
now have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

(2) Men of rank, how long will you shame my honor,
love what is vain, chase after lies? (Selah)
(3) Understand that Adonai sets apart
the godly person for himself;
Adonai will hear when I call to him.
(4) You can be angry, but do not sin!
Think about this as you lie in bed,
and calm down. (Selah)
(5) Offer sacrifices rightly,
and put your trust in Adonai.

(6) Many ask, “Who can show us some good?”
Adonai, lift the light of your face over us!
(7) You have filled my heart with more joy
than all their grain and new wine.
(8) I will lie down and sleep in peace;
for, Adonai, you alone make me live securely.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

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Psalm 4 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 4[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.


  1. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  2. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  3. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  4. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)
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