For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
4 Answer me when I ·pray [L call] to you, my God who ·does what is right [is righteous; or who vindicates me]. ·Make things easier for me [Give me room; Widen my way] when I am in trouble. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 People, how long will you turn my ·honor [glory] into shame? How long will you love what is ·false [empty] and ·look for [seek] lies [C possibly referring to false gods]? ·Selah[Interlude] 3 You know that the Lord has ·chosen [set apart; distinguished] for himself those who are loyal to him [C in covenant relationship with him]. The Lord listens when I ·pray [call] to him. 4 When you ·are angry [are disturbed; L tremble], do not sin. ·Think about these things [Meditate; L Speak to your heart] quietly ·as you go to bed [L on your bed]. ·Selah[Interlude] 5 ·Do what is right as a sacrifice to the Lord[L Sacrifice right/righteous sacrifices] and trust the Lord.
6 Many people ask, “Who will ·give us [L make us see] anything good?” Lord, ·be kind to us [L let the light of your face shine on us; Num. 6:24–26]. 7 But you have ·made me very happy [L given joy to my heart], happier than they are, even with all their grain and new wine. 8 I ·go to bed [L lie down] and sleep in peace, because, Lord, only you ·keep me safe [make me secure].
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