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Psalm 4 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

An Evening Prayer

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

Answer me when I pray to you,
    my God who does what is right.
Lift the load that I carry.
    Be kind to me and hear my prayer.

People, how long will you turn my honor into shame?
    You love what is false, and you look for new lies. Selah
You know that the Lord has chosen for himself those who are loyal to him.
    The Lord listens when I pray to him.
When you are angry, do not sin.
    Think about these things quietly
    as you go to bed. Selah
Do what is right as a sacrifice to the Lord.
    And trust the Lord.

Many people ask,
    “Who will give us anything good?
    Lord, be kind to us.”
But you have made me very happy.
    I am happier than they are,
    even with all their grain and wine.
I go to bed and sleep in peace.
    Lord, only you keep me safe.

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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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