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Psalm 4 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.)

An Evening Prayer

You are my God and protector.
    Please answer my prayer.
I was in terrible distress,
    but you set me free.
    Now have pity and listen
    as I pray.

How long will you people
    refuse to respect me?[a]
You love foolish things,
    and you run after
    what is worthless.[b]

The Lord has chosen
    everyone who is faithful
to be his very own,[c]
    and he answers my prayers.
But each of you
had better tremble
    and turn from your sins.
Silently search your heart
    as you lie in bed.
    Offer the proper sacrifices
    and trust the Lord.

There are some who ask,
    “Who will be good to us?”
    Let your kindness, Lord,
    shine brightly on us.
You brought me more happiness
    than a rich harvest
    of grain and grapes.
I can lie down
    and sleep soundly
    because you, Lord,
    will keep me safe.


  1. 4.2 me: Or “my God.”
  2. 4.2 foolish. . . worthless: This may refer to idols and false gods.
  3. 4.3 has chosen. . . very own: Some Hebrew manuscripts have “work miracles for his faithful people.”

Psalm 4 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 4[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.


  1. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  2. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  3. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  4. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)
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