Psalm 4

1    Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness;  

you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;

    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2    How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;  

how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

3    But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness;  

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4    Stand in awe, and sin not;  

commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

5    Offer the sacrifices of righteousness  

and put your trust in the Lord.

6    There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’  

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7    You have put gladness in my heart,  

more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

8    In peace I will lie down and sleep,  

for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.


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