New International Version

Psalm 20

Psalm 20[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

  1. Psalm 20:1 In Hebrew texts 20:1-9 is numbered 20:2-10.
  2. Psalm 20:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 20

Psalm 20

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in trouble.
    May the God of Jacob keep you safe.
May he send you help from the sacred tent.
    May he give you aid from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices.
    May he accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you what your heart wishes for.
    May he make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory.
    May we lift up our flags in the name of our God.
    May the Lord give you everything you ask for.

Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed king.
    He answers him from his sacred home in heaven.
    The power of God’s right hand gives victory to the king.
Some trust in chariots. Some trust in horses.
    But we trust in the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall down.
    But we get up and stand firm.

Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call out to you!