Psalm 4
Contemporary English Version

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

An Evening Prayer

1You 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.

2How long will you people

refuse to respect me?+

You love foolish things,

and you run after

what is worthless.+

3The Lord has chosen

everyone who is faithful

to be his very own,+

and he answers my prayers.

4 But each of you

had better tremble

and turn from your sins.

Silently search your heart

as you lie in bed.

5Offer the proper sacrifices

and trust the Lord.

6There are some who ask,

“Who will be good to us?”

Let your kindness, Lord,

shine brightly on us.

7You brought me more happiness

than a rich harvest

of grain and grapes.

8I can lie down

and sleep soundly

because you, Lord,

will keep me safe.


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

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