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Safety in Yahweh

For the music director; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.[a]

When I call, answer me, O God of my righteousness.[b]
In trouble deliver me.[c]
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
O sons of man, how long will my honor[d] be a disgrace?
How long will you love vanity?
How long will you seek lies?[e] Selah
But know that Yahweh has set apart[f] for himself the faithful one.[g]
Yahweh hears when I call to him.
Be disturbed but do not sin.
Commune in your heart[h] on your bed and be silent. Selah
Offer correct sacrifices,[i]
and trust in[j] Yahweh.
Many are saying, “Who will show us something good?”
Lift up over[k] us the light of your face, O Yahweh.
You have put gladness in my heart
more than when[l] their grain and their wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep at once,[m]
for you alone, O Yahweh, make me dwell safely.


  1. Psalm 4:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  2. Psalm 4:1 Or “vindication”
  3. Psalm 4:1 Literally “make wide for me”
  4. Psalm 4:2 Or “glory”
  5. Psalm 4:2 Or “falsehood”
  6. Psalm 4:3 Or “treated specially”
  7. Psalm 4:3 Or “pious, godly one”
  8. Psalm 4:4 That is, “think it over”
  9. Psalm 4:5 Or “right sacrifices”
  10. Psalm 4:5 Literally “trust to”
  11. Psalm 4:6 Or “upon”
  12. Psalm 4:7 Literally “the time of”
  13. Psalm 4:8 Literally “together”