Psalm 4[a]

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

Answer me(A) when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(B)
    have mercy(C) on me and hear my prayer.(D)

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

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

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

In peace(Q) I will lie down and sleep,(R)
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.(S)


  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)

At that time I, Daniel, mourned(A) for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips;(B) and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank(C) of the great river, the Tigris,(D) I looked up(E) and there before me was a man dressed in linen,(F) with a belt of fine gold(G) from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz,(H) his face like lightning,(I) his eyes like flaming torches,(J) his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze,(K) and his voice(L) like the sound of a multitude.

I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it,(M) but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone,(N) gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left,(O) my face turned deathly pale(P) and I was helpless.(Q) Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.(R)

10 A hand touched me(S) and set me trembling on my hands and knees.(T) 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed,(U) consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up,(V) for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid,(W) Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble(X) yourself before your God, your words(Y) were heard, and I have come in response to them.(Z) 13 But the prince(AA) of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael,(AB) one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain(AC) to you what will happen to your people in the future,(AD) for the vision concerns a time yet to come.(AE)

15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless.(AF) 16 Then one who looked like a man[a] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak.(AG) I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish(AH) because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”(AI)

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched(AJ) me and gave me strength.(AK) 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,”(AL) he said. “Peace!(AM) Be strong now; be strong.”(AN)

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”(AO)

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  1. Daniel 10:16 Most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text; one manuscript of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint Then something that looked like a human hand

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.(A) 27 As for you, the anointing(B) you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things(C) and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.(D)

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28 And now, dear children,(E) continue in him, so that when he appears(F) we may be confident(G) and unashamed before him at his coming.(H)

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