3 A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom. 1
Lord, how 2 numerous are my enemies!
Many attack me. 3
2 Many say about me,
“God will not deliver him.” 4 (Selah) 5
3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me; 6
you are my glory 7 and the one who restores me. 8
4 To the Lord I cried out, 9
and he answered me from his holy hill. 10 (Selah)
5 I rested and slept;
I awoke, 11 for the Lord protects 12 me.
6 I am not afraid 13 of the multitude of people 14
who attack me from all directions. 15
7 Rise up, 16 Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Yes, 17 you will strike 18 all my enemies on the jaw;
you will break the teeth 19 of the wicked. 20
8 The Lord delivers; 21
you show favor to your people. 22 (Selah)
4 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David.
When I call out, answer me,
O God who vindicates me! 1
Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place. 2
Have mercy on me 3 and respond to 4 my prayer!
2 You men, 5 how long will you try to turn my honor into shame? 6
How long 7 will you love what is worthless 8
and search for what is deceptive? 9 (Selah)
3 Realize that 10 the Lord shows the godly special favor; 11
the Lord responds 12 when I cry out to him.
4 Tremble with fear and do not sin! 13
Meditate as you lie in bed, and repent of your ways! 14 (Selah)
5 Offer the prescribed sacrifices 15
and trust in the Lord! 16
6 Many say, “Who can show us anything good?”
Smile upon us, Lord! 17
7 You make me happier 18
than those who have abundant grain and wine. 19
8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully, 20
for you, Lord, make me safe and secure. 21
5 For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments; 1 a psalm of David.
Listen to what I say, 2 Lord!
Carefully consider my complaint! 3
2 Pay attention to my cry for help,
my king and my God,
for I am praying to you!
3 Lord, in the morning 4 you will hear 5 me; 6
in the morning I will present my case to you 7 and then wait expectantly for an answer. 8
4 Certainly 9 you are not a God who approves of evil; 10
evil people 11 cannot dwell with you. 12
5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; 13
you hate 14 all who behave wickedly. 15
6 You destroy 16 liars; 17
the Lord despises 18 violent and deceitful people. 19
7 But as for me, 20 because of your great faithfulness I will enter your house; 21
I will bow down toward your holy temple as I worship you. 22
8 Lord, lead me in your righteousness 23
because of those who wait to ambush me, 24
remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! 25
9 For 26 they do not speak the truth; 27
their stomachs are like the place of destruction, 28
their throats like an open grave, 29
their tongues like a steep slope leading into it. 30
10 Condemn them, 31 O God!
May their own schemes be their downfall! 32
Drive them away 33 because of their many acts of insurrection, 34
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But may all who take shelter 35 in you be happy! 36
May they continually 37 shout for joy! 38
Shelter them 39 so that those who are loyal to you 40 may rejoice! 41
12 Certainly 42 you reward 43 the godly, 44 Lord.
Like a shield you protect 45 them 46 in your good favor. 47