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Psalm 3

Psalm 3

Trust in God under Adversity

A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

1 O Lord, how many are my foes!

Many are rising against me;

2 many are saying to me,

“There is no help for youa in God.” Selah

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,

my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

4 I cry aloud to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah

5 I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.

6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people

who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Rise up, O Lord!

Deliver me, O my God!

For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;

you break the teeth of the wicked.

8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord;

may your blessing be on your people! Selah

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Psalm 3 — The New International Version (NIV)

Title A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!

How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,

“God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear though tens of thousands

assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!

Deliver me, my God!

Strike all my enemies on the jaw;

break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.

May your blessing be on your people.

Psalm 3 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Title A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

O Lord, how many are my foes!

Many are rising against me;

many are saying of my soul,

“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,

my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;

I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid of many thousands of people

who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!

Save me, O my God!

For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;

you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;

your blessing be on your people! Selah

Psalm 3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Title A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Lord, 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.

Psalm 3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Title A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, I have so many enemies;

so many are against me.

So many are saying,

“God will never rescue him!”

Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

I cried out to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy mountain.

Interlude

I lay down and slept,

yet I woke up in safety,

for the Lord was watching over me.

I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies

who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!

Rescue me, my God!

Slap all my enemies in the face!

Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

Victory comes from you, O Lord.

May you bless your people.

Interlude

Psalm 3 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Title A Psalm of David When He Fled from Absalom His Son.

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!

Many are they who rise up against me.

Many are they who say of me,

There is no help for him in God.”

Selah

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,

My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

I cried to the Lord with my voice,

And He heard me from His holy hill.

Selah

I lay down and slept;

I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people

Who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord;

Save me, O my God!

For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;

You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Your blessing is upon Your people.

Selah

Psalm 3 — New Century Version (NCV)

Title David sang this when he ran away from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have many enemies!

Many people have turned against me.

Many are saying about me,

“God won’t rescue him.”

Selah

But, Lord, you are my shield,

my wonderful God who gives me courage.

I will pray to the Lord,

and he will answer me from his holy mountain.

Selah

I can lie down and go to sleep,

and I will wake up again,

because the Lord gives me strength.

Thousands of troops may surround me,

but I am not afraid.

Lord, rise up!

My God, come save me!

You have struck my enemies on the cheek;

you have broken the teeth of the wicked.

The Lord can save his people.

Lord, bless your people.

Selah

Psalm 3 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Title A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Jehovah, how are mine adversaries increased!

Many are they that rise up against me.

Many there are that say of my soul,

There is no help for him in God. Selah

But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me;

My glory and the lifter up of my head.

I cry unto Jehovah with my voice,

And he answereth me out of his holy hill. Selah

I laid me down and slept;

I awaked; for Jehovah sustaineth me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people

That have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Jehovah; save me, O my God:

For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone;

Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah:

Thy blessing be upon thy people. Selah

Psalm 3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Title A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Jehovah, how many are they that trouble me, many they that rise up against me! Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Selah. But thou, Jehovah, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

With my voice will I call to Jehovah, and he will answer me from the hill of his holiness. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for Jehovah sustaineth me. I will not fear for myriads of the people that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, Jehovah; save me, my God! For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheekbone, thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked. Salvation is of Jehovah; thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Psalm 3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Title A psalm by David when he fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, look how my enemies have increased!

Many are attacking me.

Many are saying about me,

“Even with God on his side,

he won’t be victorious.”

Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield that surrounds me.

You are my glory.

You hold my head high.

I call aloud to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy mountain.

Selah

I lie down and sleep.

I wake up again because the Lord continues to support me.

I am not afraid of the tens of thousands

who have taken positions against me on all sides.

Arise, O Lord!

Save me, O my God!

You have slapped all my enemies in the face.

You have smashed the teeth of wicked people.

Victory belongs to the Lord!

May your blessing rest on your people.

Selah

Psalm 3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Title A psalm of David when he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how my foes increase!

There are many who attack me.

Many say about me,

“There is no help for him in God.” Selah

But You, Lord, are a shield around me,

my glory, and the One who lifts up my head.

I cry aloud to the Lord,

and He answers me from His holy mountain. Selah

I lie down and sleep;

I wake again because the Lord sustains me.

I am not afraid of the thousands of people

who have taken their stand against me on every side.

Rise up, Lord!

Save me, my God!

You strike all my enemies on the cheek;

You break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;

may Your blessing be on Your people. Selah

Psalm 3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Title A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.

Yahweh, how many are my enemies;

many are rising against me.

Many are saying about my soul,

“There is no deliverance for him from God. Selah

But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,

my glory and the one who lifts up my head.

With my voice I call to Yahweh

and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;

I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.

I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people

who all around have set themselves against me.

Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;

for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.

The teeth of the wicked you break.

To Yahweh belongs deliverance;

may your blessing be over your people. Selah

Psalm 3 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Title 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.” Selah

Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe.

You honor me. You help me win the battle.

I call out to the Lord.

He answers me from his holy hill. Selah

I lie down and sleep.

I wake up again, because the Lord takes care of me.

I won’t be afraid of the tens of thousands

who are lined up against 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. Selah

Psalm 3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Title A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!

Many are rising up against me.

Many are saying of my soul,

There is no deliverance for him in God.”

Selah.

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,

My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

I was crying to the Lord with my voice,

And He answered me from His holy mountain.

Selah.

I lay down and slept;

I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people

Who have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!

For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;

You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;

Your blessing be upon Your people!

Selah.