To the director: With stringed instruments. A song of David.
1God, you showed that I was innocent.
You gave me relief from all my troubles.
So listen to me now when I call to you for help.
Be kind to me and hear my prayer.
2Men,#4:2 Men Literally, “Sons of man.” This may be a term of respect spoken to the leaders who were judging the writer of this psalm. how long will you try to dishonor me?
Do you enjoy wasting your time searching for new lies against me? Selah
3You can be sure that anyone who serves the Lord faithfully is special to him.
The Lord listens when I pray to him.
4Tremble with fear, and stop sinning.#4:4 Or “Be angry, but don’t sin.” See Eph. 4:26, which is based on the ancient Greek version.
Think about this when you go to bed, and calm down. Selah
5Give the right sacrifices to the Lord,
and put your trust in him!
6Many people say, “I wish I could enjoy the good life.
Lord, give us some of those blessings.”#4:6 I wish … blessings Or “Who will show us good. Lift up on us the light of your face, Lord.”
7But you have made me happier than they will ever be with all their wine and grain.
8When I go to bed, I sleep in peace,
because, Lord, you keep me safe.
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