New American Standard Bible

Psalm 4

Evening Prayer of Trust in God.

[a]For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1Answer me when I call, O God [b]of my righteousness!
You have [c]relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

O sons of men, how long will my [d]honor become a reproach?
How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? [e]Selah.
But know that the Lord has [f]set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him.

[g]Tremble, [h]and do not sin;
[i]Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer [j]the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will [k]both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 4:1 I.e. Belonging to the choir director’s anthology
  2. Psalm 4:1 I.e. who maintains my right
  3. Psalm 4:1 Lit made room for
  4. Psalm 4:2 Or glory
  5. Psalm 4:2 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  6. Psalm 4:3 Another reading is dealt wonderfully with
  7. Psalm 4:4 I.e. with anger or fear
  8. Psalm 4:4 Or but
  9. Psalm 4:4 Lit Speak
  10. Psalm 4:5 Or righteous sacrifices
  11. Psalm 4:8 Or at the same time

New International Version - UK

Psalm 4

Psalm 4[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?[b][c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, ‘Who will bring us prosperity?’
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  2. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  3. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  4. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)