A Call to Yahweh in Distress
A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Yahweh, how many are my enemies;
many are rising against me.
2Many are saying about my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him from#Or “in” God. Selah#Meaning uncertain; probably a musical or liturgical direction
3But#Or “And” you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
4With my voice I call to Yahweh
and he answers me from his holy hill.#Literally “the hill of his holiness” Selah
5I lay down and slept;
I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.
6I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people
who all around have set themselves against me.
7Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.
The teeth of the wicked you break.
8To Yahweh belongs deliverance;
may your blessing be over your people. Selah
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