Psalm 3

A Psalm. To Dauid, when he was running away before the face of Abessalom his son.

  1. O Lord, why did those afflicting me multiply?
    Many arise against me.
  2. Many say to my soul,
    There is no deliverance for him in his God.

Musical Interlude

  1. But you, O Lord, are my protector,
    my glory, and the one lifting my head.
  2. With my voice I cried to the Lord,
    And he hearkened to me from his holy mountain.

Musical Interlude

  1. I lay down and slept,
    I arose, because the Lord will protect me.
  2. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people,
    those circling to attack me.
  3. Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God!
    Because you struck all those hostile to me for nothing.
    You have shattered the teeth of sinners.
  4. Deliverance is the Lord’s,
    And your eulogy is upon your people.


Verse 8

“Your eulogy”: ‘Blessed’ is sometimes the Greek word MAKARIOS — “a good place to be from a God-like perspective”. The word here, however, is EULOGIA — in effect the Lord speaking well of us.

For more about this translation, see my blog “The Septuagint Psalms”.