New International Reader's Version

Psalm 27

Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light, and he saves me.
    Why should I fear anyone?
The Lord is my place of safety.
    Why should I be afraid?
My enemies are evil.
    They will trip and fall
when they attack me
    and try to swallow me up.
Even if an army attacks me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if war breaks out against me,
    I will still trust in God.

I’m asking the Lord for only one thing.
    Here is what I want.
I want to live in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life.
I want to look at the beauty of the Lord.
    I want to worship him in his temple.
When I’m in trouble,
    he will keep me safe in his house.
He will hide me in the safety of his holy tent.
    He will put me on a rock that is very high.
Then I will win the battle
    over my enemies who are all around me.
At his holy tent I will offer my sacrifice with shouts of joy.
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Lord, hear my voice when I call out to you.
    Treat me with kindness and answer me.
My heart says, “Seek him!”
    Lord, I will seek you.
Don’t turn your face away from me.
    Don’t turn me away because you are angry.
    You have helped me.
God my Savior, don’t say no to me.
    Don’t desert me.
10 My father and mother may desert me,
    but the Lord will accept me.
11 Lord, teach me your ways.
    Lead me along a straight path.
    There are many people who treat me badly.
12 My enemies want to harm me. So don’t turn me over to them.
    Witnesses who tell lies are rising up against me.
    They say all sorts of evil things about me.

13 Here is something I am still sure of.
    I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I’m still alive.
14 Wait for the Lord.
    Be strong and don’t lose hope.
    Wait for the Lord.

New American Standard Bible

Psalm 27

A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.

A Psalm of David.

1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the [a]defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I [b]shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the [c]beauty of the Lord
And to [d]meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [e]tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices [f]with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 [g]For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of [h]my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the [i]desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 [j]I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

  1. Psalm 27:1 Or refuge
  2. Psalm 27:3 Lit am confident
  3. Psalm 27:4 Lit delightfulness
  4. Psalm 27:4 Lit inquire
  5. Psalm 27:5 Or shelter
  6. Psalm 27:6 Lit of shouts
  7. Psalm 27:10 Or If my father...forsake me, Then the Lord
  8. Psalm 27:11 Or those who lie in wait for me
  9. Psalm 27:12 Lit soul
  10. Psalm 27:13 Or Surely I believed