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Psalm 4 Expanded Bible (EXB)

An Evening Prayer

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

Answer me when I ·pray [L call] to you,
    my God who ·does what is right [is righteous; or who vindicates me].
·Make things easier for me [Give me room; Widen my way] when I am in trouble.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

People, how long will you turn my ·honor [glory] into shame?
    How long will you love what is ·false [empty] and ·look for [seek] lies [C possibly referring to false gods]? ·Selah [Interlude]
You know that the Lord has ·chosen [set apart; distinguished] for himself those who are loyal to him [C in covenant relationship with him].
    The Lord listens when I ·pray [call] to him.
When you ·are angry [are disturbed; L tremble], do not sin.
    ·Think about these things [Meditate; L Speak to your heart] quietly
    ·as you go to bed [L on your bed]. ·Selah [Interlude]
·Do what is right as a sacrifice to the Lord [L Sacrifice right/righteous sacrifices]
    and trust the Lord.

Many people ask,
    “Who will ·give us [L make us see] anything good?”
    Lord, ·be kind to us [L let the light of your face shine on us; Num. 6:24–26].
But you have ·made me very happy [L given joy to my heart],
    happier than they are,
    even with all their grain and new wine.
I ·go to bed [L lie down] and sleep in peace,
    because, Lord, only you ·keep me safe [make me secure].

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