Psalm 20 New International Version

A Prayer for Victory

20 1  [1]May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. 2  May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3  May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.[2] 4  May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5  May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

6  Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. 7  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8  They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 9  Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!


[1] 20:1 In Hebrew texts 20:1-9 is numbered 20:2-10.

[2] 20:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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