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.

  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)

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 4

Psalm 4

For the director of music. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments.

My faithful God,
    answer me when I call out to you.
Give me rest from my trouble.
    Have mercy on me. Hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love what will certainly fail you?
    How long will you pray to statues of gods?
Remember that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself.
    The Lord hears me when I call out to him.

Tremble and do not sin.
    When you are in bed,
    look deep down inside yourself and be silent.
Offer to the Lord the sacrifices that godly people offer.
    Trust in him.

Lord, many are asking, “Who will make us successful?”
    Lord, may you do good things for us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when the people have lots of grain and fresh wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep.
    Lord, you alone keep me safe.