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Psalms 3:1-2

Psalm 3 1 

A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom. 2 

3:1 Lord, how 3  numerous are my enemies!

Many attack me. 4 

3:2 Many say about me,

“God will not deliver him.” 5  (Selah) 6 

1 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).

2 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).

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

4 tn Heb “many rise up against me.”

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

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

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