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To the Director: With stringed instruments. A Davidic Psalm

Trust God under Adversity

When I call, answer me,
    my righteous God![a]
When I was in distress, you set me free.
    Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

You people,
    how long will you malign my reputation?
How long will you love what is vain[b]
    and what is false?
But understand this:[c]
    the Lord has set apart the godly for himself!
        The Lord will hear me when I cry out to him!

Be angry, yet do not sin.[d]
    Think about this[e] when upon your beds,
        and be silent.
Offer sacrifices that are righteous,
    and put your confidence in the Lord.

Many are asking, “Who will help us to see better days?”[f]
    Lord, may the light of your favor[g] shine upon us.
You have given me more joy in my heart than at harvest times,
    when grain and wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
    for you alone, Lord, enable me to live securely.


  1. Psalm 4:1 Or God of my righteousness
  2. Psalm 4:2 I.e. what has no substance
  3. Psalm 4:3 The Heb. lacks this
  4. Psalm 4:4 Cf. Eph 4:26
  5. Psalm 4:4 The Heb. lacks this
  6. Psalm 4:6 Lit. cause us to see good
  7. Psalm 4:6 Lit. face