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Psalm 3Living Bible (TLB)

A psalm of David when he fled from his son Absalom

O Lord, so many are against me. So many seek to harm me. I have so many enemies. So many say that God will never help me. But Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame.[a]

I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Temple in Jerusalem.[b] Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me. And now, although ten thousand enemies surround me on every side, I am not afraid. I will cry to him, “Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!” And he will slap them in the face, insulting them and breaking off their teeth.[c]

For salvation comes from God. What joys he gives to all his people.


  1. Psalm 3:3 now bowed in shame, implied.
  2. Psalm 3:4 from his Temple in Jerusalem, literally, “from his holy mountain.”
  3. Psalm 3:7 insulting them and breaking off their teeth, implied.
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