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Psalm 3

How Many Are My Foes, But You Are My Shield


A psalm by David. When he fled from Absalom,[a] his son.

Many Enemies

O Lord, how my foes are multiplying!
Many are rising up against me!
Many are saying about my life, Interlude[b]
“There is no salvation for him in God.”

One Protector

But you, O Lord, are a shield for me.
You are my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
With a loud voice I cry out to the Lord, Interlude
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

Peaceful Rest

I lie down, and I sleep.
I awake, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of the thousands of people
    who line up against me on all sides.

Certain Victory

Rise up, O Lord! Save me, my God!
Yes, you will strike all my enemies on the jaw.
The teeth of the wicked you will break.
Salvation belongs to the Lord. Interlude
Your blessing rests on your people.


  1. Psalm 3:1 See 2 Samuel 15–18.
  2. Psalm 3:2 The Hebrew term selah probably indicates a musical interlude for meditation, so selah is translated interlude throughout Psalms.