Psalms 20
God’s Blessing on the King
For the music director. A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1May Yahweh answer you in the day of trouble.
May the name of Jacob’s God protect#The sense is that of making something inaccessibly high, like a fortress you.
2May he send you help#Hebrew “your help” from the sanctuary,
and from Zion may he sustain you.
3May he remember all your offerings,
and your burnt offering may he regard favorably.#Literally “find to be fat”
4May he give to you your heart’s desire,#Literally “according to your heart”
and your every plan may he fulfill. Selah
5May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God may we set up banners.
May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.
6Now I know that Yahweh will help his anointed.#Hebrew “messiah”
He will answer him from his holy heaven
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7Some boast in chariots and others in horses,#Literally “These in the chariots and those in the horses”
but we boast in the name of Yahweh, our God.
8They will collapse and fall,
and we will rise and stand firm.
9Rescue,#Or “Grant victory” O Yahweh.
Let the king answer us when we call.
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