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Psalms 4:3

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4:3 Realize that 1  the Lord shows the godly special favor; 2 

the Lord responds 3  when I cry out to him.

Psalms 4:8

Context

4:8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully, 4 

for you, Lord, make me safe and secure. 5 

1 tn Heb “and know that.”

2 tn Heb “that the Lord sets apart a faithful one for himself.” The psalmist states a general principle, though the singular form and the parallel line indicate he has himself in mind as the representative godly person. A חָסִיד (khasid; here translated as “the godly”) is one who does what is right in God’s eyes and remains faithful to God (see Pss 12:1; 18:25; 31:23; 37:28; 86:2; 97:10).

3 tn Heb “hears.”

4 tn Heb “in peace at the same time I will lie down and sleep.”

5 tn Heb “for you, Lord, solitarily, securely make me dwell.” The translation understands לְבָדָד (lÿvadad) as modifying the verb; the Lord keeps enemies away from the psalmist so that he is safe and secure. Another option is to take לְבָדָד with what precedes and translate, “you alone, Lord, make me secure.”



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