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Psalm 3–5

Psalm 3a

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

Lord, how many are my foes!

How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,

“God will not deliver him.ab

But you, Lord, are a shieldb around me,

my glory, the One who lifts my head high.c

I call out to the Lord,d

and he answers me from his holy mountain.e

I lie down and sleep;f

I wake again,g because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fearh though tens of thousands

assail me on every side.i

Arise,j Lord!

Deliver me,k my God!

Strikel all my enemies on the jaw;

break the teethm of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.n

May your blessingo be on your people.

Psalm 4a

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

Answer mep when I call to you,

my righteous God.

Give me relief from my distress;q

have mercyr on me and hear my prayer.s

How long will you people turn my gloryt into shame?u

How long will you love delusions and seek false godsb?c v

Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servantw for himself;

the Lord hearsx when I call to him.

Tremble andd do not sin;y

when you are on your beds,z

search your hearts and be silent.

Offer the sacrifices of the righteous

and trust in the Lord.a

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”

Let the light of your face shine on us.b

Fill my heartc with joyd

when their grain and new winee abound.

In peacef I will lie down and sleep,g

for you alone, Lord,

make me dwell in safety.h

Psalm 5a

For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.

Listeni to my words, Lord,

consider my lament.j

Hear my cry for help,k

my King and my God,l

for to you I pray.

In the morning,m Lord, you hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait expectantly.n

For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;

with you, evil peopleo are not welcome.

The arrogantp cannot standq

in your presence.

You hater all who do wrong;

6 you destroy those who tell lies.s

The bloodthirsty and deceitful

you, Lord, detest.

But I, by your great love,

can come into your house;

in reverencet I bow downu

toward your holy temple.v

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousnessw

because of my enemies—

make your way straightx before me.

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;

their heart is filled with malice.

Their throat is an open grave;y

with their tongues they tell lies.z

10 Declare them guilty, O God!

Let their intrigues be their downfall.

Banish them for their many sins,a

for they have rebelledb against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.c

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your named may rejoice in you.e

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;f

you surround themg with your favor as with a shield.h

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In Hebrew texts 3:1–8 is numbered 3:2–9.

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The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.

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In Hebrew texts 4:1–8 is numbered 4:2–9.

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The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.

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In Hebrew texts 5:1–12 is numbered 5:2–13.

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