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Psalm 3 International Standard Version (ISV)

A Davidic Psalm, when he fled from his son Absalom.

God Delivers His Servants

Lord, I have so many persecutors!
    Many are rising up against me!
Many are saying about me,
    “God will never deliver him!”
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But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
I cry aloud[a] to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.
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I lie down and sleep,
    I wake up, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear multitudes of[b] people,
    who set themselves against me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
For you strike the jaw of all my enemies,
    and you break the teeth of the wicked.
Deliverance comes from the Lord!
    May your blessing be on your people.
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Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:4 Lit. with my voice
  2. Psalm 3:6 Or ten thousand
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Psalm 3 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 3[a]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.[b]

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-8 is numbered 3:2-9.
  2. Psalm 3:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.
New International Version (NIV)

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