Psalm 4:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

English Standard Version
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic psalm. Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

International Standard Version
When I call, answer me, my righteous God! When I was in distress, you set me free. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

NET Bible
For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David. When I call out, answer me, O God who vindicates me! Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place. Have mercy on me and respond to my prayer!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When I called you, you answered me, my God, and the Savior of my righteousness; in my sufferings you inspired me; show mercy upon me and hear my prayer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; with stringed instruments; a psalm by David.] Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness. You have freed me from my troubles. Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader; with string-music. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness, Thou who didst set me free when I was in distress; Be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.

New American Standard 1977
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
            Thou hast relieved me in my distress;
            Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have delivered me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

American King James Version
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

American Standard Version
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; Thou hast set me at large when I was in distress: Have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, in verses. A psalm of David. When I called upon him, the God of my justice heard me: when I was in distress, thou hast enlarged me. Have mercy on me: and hear my prayer.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.} When I call, answer me, O God of my righteousness: in pressure thou hast enlarged me; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast set me at large when I was in distress: have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. 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.

World English Bible
Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness. Give me relief from my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer with Stringed Instruments. -- A Psalm of David. In my calling answer Thou me, O God of my righteousness. In adversity Thou gavest enlargement to me; Favour me, and hear my prayer.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.
Study Bible
Answer Me When I Call!
1For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. 2O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.…
Cross References
Genesis 26:22
He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, "At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

Psalm 3:4
I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.

Psalm 17:6
I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Psalm 18:18
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.

Psalm 18:19
He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

Psalm 25:16
Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted.

Psalm 30:10
"Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper."

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers.

Psalm 51:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

(Title) chief Musician. or, overseer.

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Neginoth

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Psalm 67:1 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah.

Psalm 76:1 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.

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Psalm 41:12 And as for me, you uphold me in my integrity, and set me before your …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 5:20,21 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

thou

Psalm 18:18,19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay…

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set …

Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…

Psalm 116:6,16 The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me…

1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of …

1 Samuel 19:11,12 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to …

1 Samuel 23:26-28 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men …

Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad …

2 Corinthians 1:8,10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

have mercy upon me. or, be gracious unto me

Psalm 56:1 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 86:3-5 Be merciful to me, O Lord: for I cry to you daily…

Psalm 119:75-77,132 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that you in faithfulness …

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

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