Psalm 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from the presence of his son Abessalom.

1 O Lord, why are they that afflict me multiplied? many rise up against me. 2 Many say concerning my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. 1Pause.


3 But thou, O Lord, art my helper: my glory, and the one that lifts up my head. 4 I cried to the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy mountain. Pause. 5 I lay down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord will help me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, who beset me round about. 7 Arise, Lord; deliver me, my God: for thou hast smitten all who were without cause mine enemies; thou hast broken the teeth of sinners. 8 Deliverance is the Lord's, and thy blessing is upon thy people.

Psalm 4

For the end, a Song of David among the Psalms.

1 When I called upon him, the God of my righteousness heard me: thou hast made room for me in tribulation; pity me, and hearken to my prayer.

2 O ye sons on men, how long will ye be 2slow of heart? wherefore do ye love vanity, and seek falsehood? Pause. 3 But know ye that the Lord has done wondrous things for his holy one: the Lord will hear me when I cry to him. 4 3Be ye angry, and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts. Pause. 5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, and trust in the Lord.

6 Many say, Who will shew us good things? the light of thy countenance, O Lord, has been manifested towards us. 7 Thou hast put gladness into my heart: they have been satisfied with the fruit of their corn and wine and oil. 8 I will 4both lie down in peace and sleep: for thou, Lord, only hast caused me to dwell securely.

Psalm 5

For the end, a Psalm of David, concerning her that inherits.

1 Hearken to my words, O Lord, 5attend to my cry. 2 Attend to the voice of my supplication, my King, and my God: for to thee, O Lord, will I pray. 3 In the morning thou shalt hear my voice: in the morning will I wait upon thee, and will look up. 4 For thou art not a god that desires iniquity; neither shall the worker of wickedness dwell with thee. 5 Neither shall the transgressors continue in thy sight: thou hatest, O Lord, all them that work iniquity. 6 Thou wilt destroy all that speak falsehood: the Lord abhors the bloody and deceitful man. 7 But I will enter into thine house in the multitude of thy mercy: I will worship in thy fear toward thy holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make my way plain before thy face. 9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their heart is vain; their 6throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit. 10 Judge them, O God; let them 7fail of their counsels: cast them out according to the abundance of their ungodliness; for they have provoked thee, O Lord.

11 But let all that trust on thee be glad in thee: they shall exult for ever, and thou shalt dwell among them; and all that love


thy name shall rejoice in thee. 12 For thou, Lord, shalt bless the righteous: thou hast 8compassed us as with a shield of favour.

1 The word Διάψαλμα (Selah) has been rendered Pause, as most intelligible to the English reader.

2 Lit. heavy of heart.

3 Eph. 4.26.

4 Or, at the same time.

5 Lit. understand.

6 Rom. 3.13.

7 Gr. fall from, or, by reason of.

8 Lit. crowned.


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