Psalm 27 English Standard Version

The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation

27 1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold[1] of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2  When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3  Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet[2] I will be confident. 4  One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire[3] in his temple. 5  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. 6  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7  Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 8  You have said, "Seek[4] my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek."[5] 9  Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! 10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. 11  Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. 12  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. 13  I believe[6] that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!


[1] 27:1 Or refuge

[2] 27:3 Or in this

[3] 27:4 Or meditate

[4] 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person

[5] 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

[6] 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed

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