Psalm 4 New International Version

An Evening Prayer of Trust in God

4 1  [1]Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2  How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[2][3] 3  Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4  Tremble and[4] do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5  Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

6  Many, Lord, are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?" Let the light of your face shine on us. 7  Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8  In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.


[1] 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.

[2] 4:2 Or "seek lies"

[3] 4:2 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.

[4] 4:4 Or "In your anger" (see Septuagint)

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