New International Reader's Version

Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David when he ran away from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have so many enemies!
    So many people are rising up against me!
Many are saying about me,
    “God will not save him.”

Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe.
    You bring me honor. You help me win the battle.
I call out to the Lord.
    He answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep.
    I wake up again, because the Lord takes care of me.
I won’t be afraid even though tens of thousands
    attack me on every side.

Lord, rise up!
    My God, save me!
Strike all my enemies in the face.
    Break the teeth of sinful people.

Lord, you are the one who saves.
    May your blessing be on your people.

King James Version

Psalm 3

1Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.