Psalm 4

1 {To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.}

A. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

B. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

A’. 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:  the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

2A. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

2B. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

2C. 6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

2B’. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

2A’. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Note: this proposal parallels “bed” with “sleep”, and the “sacrifices” of verse 5 with the “corn and wine” of verse 7 –  sacrifices were offered with meal and drink offerings. 

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