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Psalm 27 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:1 - Of David.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold[fn] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:2 - When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:3 - Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet[fn] I will be confident.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:4 - One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire[fn] in his temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:5 - For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:6 - And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:7 - Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:8 - You have said, “Seek[fn] my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:9 - Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:10 - For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:11 - Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:12 - Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:13 - I believe that I shall look[fn] upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 27:14 - Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
ESV Footnotes
Or refuge
Or in this
Or meditate
The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed that I would look

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