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Psalm 4:1-3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 4[a]

Trust in God

For the leader;[b] with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.


Answer me when I call, my saving God.
    When troubles hem me in, set me free;
    take pity on me, hear my prayer.


How long, O people, will you be hard of heart?
    Why do you love what is worthless, chase after lies?[c]


  1. Psalm 4 An individual lament emphasizing trust in God. The petition is based upon the psalmist’s vivid experience of God as savior (Ps 4:2). That experience of God is the basis for the warning to the wicked: revere God who intervenes on the side of the faithful (Ps 4:3–6). The faithful psalmist exemplifies the blessings given to the just (Ps 4:7–8).
  2. 4:1 For the leader: many Psalm headings contain this rubric. Its exact meaning is unknown but may signify that such Psalms once stood together in a collection of “the choirmaster,” cf. 1 Chr 15:21.
  3. 4:3 Love what is worthless…lies: these expressions probably refer to false gods worshiped by those the psalmist is addressing.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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