Psalms 3:1-2

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom.

3:1 Lord, how numerous are my enemies!

Many attack me.

3:2 Many say about me,

“God will not deliver him.” (Selah)

sn Psalm 3. The psalmist acknowledges that he is confronted by many enemies (vv. 1-2). But, alluding to a divine oracle he has received (vv. 4-5), he affirms his confidence in God’s ability to protect him (vv. 3, 6) and requests that God make his promise a reality (vv. 7-8).

sn According to Jewish tradition, David offered this prayer when he was forced to flee from Jerusalem during his son Absalom’s attempted coup (see 2 Sam 15:13-17).

tn The Hebrew term מָה (mah, “how”) is used here as an adverbial exclamation (see BDB 553 s.v.).

tn Heb “many rise up against me.”

tn Heb “there is no deliverance for him in God.”

sn The function of the Hebrew term סֶלָה (selah), transliterated here “Selah,” is uncertain. It may be a musical direction of some kind.