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Psalm 27 International Standard Version (ISV)


Confidence in the Lord

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom will I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
    of whom will I be afraid?

When those who practice evil, my enemies, and my oppressors
    come near me to devour my flesh,
        they stumble and fall.
If an army encamps against me,
    my heart will not fear.
If a war is launched against me,
    I will even trust in that situation.
I have asked one thing from the Lord;
    it is what I really seek:
that I may remain in the Lord’s Temple
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord;
    and to inquire in his Temple.

For he will conceal me in his shelter on the day of evil;
    He will hide me in a secluded chamber within his tent;
        He will place me on a high rock.
Now my head will be lifted up above my enemies,
    even those who surround me.
I will sacrifice in his tent with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make melodies to the Lord.

Hear my voice, Lord, when I cry out!
    Be gracious to me and answer me.
My mind recalls your word,[a]
    “Seek my face,”
        so your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me;
    do not turn away in anger from your servant.
You have been my help,
    therefore do not abandon or forsake me,
        God of my salvation.
10 Though my father and my mother abandoned me,
    the Lord gathers me up.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
12 Do not hand me over to the desires of my enemies;
    for false witnesses have risen up against me;
        even the one who breathes out violence.
13 I believe that I will see the Lord’s goodness
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord.
    Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart.
        Wait on the Lord!


  1. Psalm 27:8 The Heb. lacks your word
International Standard Version (ISV)

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