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Psalms 3

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
     How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
     "God will not deliver him."

3 But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
     you bestow glory on me and lift(2) up my head.
4 To the Lord I cry aloud,
     and he answers me from his holy hill.

5 I lie down and sleep;
     I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear the tens of thousands
     drawn up against me on every side.

7 Arise, O Lord!
     Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
     break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the LORD comes deliverance.
     May your blessing be on your people.

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