Psalm 28 English Standard Version

A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer

28 1  To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. 2  Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.[1] 3  Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. 4  Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. 5  Because they do not regard the works of the Lord or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more.

6  Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7  The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 8  The Lord is the strength of his people;[2] he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 9  Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.


[1] 28:2 Hebrew your innermost sanctuary

[2] 28:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts is their strength

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