Psalm 3[a]

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

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

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

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

Arise,(K) Lord!
    Deliver me,(L) my God!
Strike(M) all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth(N) of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.(O)
    May your blessing(P) be on your people.

Psalm 4[c]

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

Answer me(Q) when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(R)
    have mercy(S) on me and hear my prayer.(T)

How long will you people turn my glory(U) into shame?(V)
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[d]?[e](W)
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant(X) for himself;
    the Lord hears(Y) when I call to him.

Tremble and[f] do not sin;(Z)
    when you are on your beds,(AA)
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.(AB)

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

In peace(AG) I will lie down and sleep,(AH)
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.(AI)


  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.
  3. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  4. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  5. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  6. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)

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