31I have so many enemies, LORD,
so many who turn against me!
2They talk about me and say,
“God will not help him.”
3But you, O LORD, are always my shield from danger;
you give me victory
and restore my courage.
4I call to the LORD for help,
and from his sacred hill3.4 sacred hill: See 2.6. he answers me.
5I lie down and sleep,
and all night long the LORD protects me.
6I am not afraid of the thousands of enemies
who surround me on every side.
7Come, LORD! Save me, my God!
You punish all my enemies
and leave them powerless to harm me.
8Victory comes from the LORD —
may he bless his people.
41Answer me when I pray,
O God, my defender!
When I was in trouble, you helped me.
Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.
2How long will you people insult me?
How long will you love what is worthless
and go after what is false?
3Remember that the LORD has chosen the righteous for his own,
and he hears me when I call to him.
Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
think deeply about this,
when you lie in silence on your beds.
5Offer the right sacrifices to the LORD,
and put your trust in him.
6There are many who pray:
“Give us more blessings, O LORD.
Look on us with kindness!”
7But the joy that you have given me
is more than they will ever have
with all their corn and wine.
8When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;
you alone, O LORD, keep me perfectly safe.
51Listen to my words, O LORD,
and hear my sighs.
2Listen to my cry for help,
my God and king!
I pray to you, O LORD;
3you hear my voice in the morning;
at sunrise I offer my prayer5.3 prayer; or sacrifice.
and wait for your answer.
4You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing;
you allow no evil in your presence.
5You cannot stand the sight of the proud;
you hate all wicked people.
6You destroy all liars
and despise violent, deceitful people.
7But because of your great love
I can come into your house;
I can worship in your holy Temple
and bow down to you in reverence.
8LORD, I have so many enemies!
Lead me to do your will;
make your way plain for me to follow.
What my enemies say can never be trusted;
they only want to destroy.
Their words are flattering and smooth,
but full of deadly deceit.
10Condemn and punish them, O God;
may their own plots cause their ruin.
Drive them out of your presence
because of their many sins
and their rebellion against you.
11But all who find safety in you will rejoice;
they can always sing for joy.
Protect those who love you;
because of you they are truly happy.
12You bless those who obey you, LORD;
your love protects them like a shield.