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Psalm 20 Expanded Bible (EXB)

A Prayer for the King

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

20 May the Lord answer you in ·times [L the day] of ·trouble [distress].
    May the name of the God of Jacob ·protect [defend; provide refuge for] you [Num. 6:24].
May he send you help from ·his Temple [L the sanctuary]
    and support you from Mount Zion [C location of the Temple].
May he remember all your ·offerings [gifts; tributes; grain offerings; Lev. 2]
    and ·accept [look with favor on] all your ·sacrifices [L whole burnt offerings; Lev. 1]. ·Selah [Interlude]
May he give you ·what you want [L all your heart]
    and ·make all your plans succeed [L fulfill all your plans],
and we will shout for joy when you ·succeed [are victorious; C as in battle],
    and we will raise a ·flag [banner] in the name of our God.
May the Lord ·give you [fulfill] all that you ask for.

Now I know the Lord ·helps [saves; gives victory to] his ·appointed king [anointed].
    He answers him from his holy heaven
    and ·saves him [gives him victory] with his strong right hand.
Some ·trust in [boast in; rely on] chariots, others in horses,
    but we ·trust [boast in; rely on] the name of the Lord our God [Is. 2:7].
They ·are overwhelmed and defeated [collapse and fall],
    but we ·march forward and win [L rise and stand erect].
Lord, ·save [give victory to] the king!
    Answer us when we call for help.

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Psalm 20 King James Version (KJV)

20 The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

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