For the [music] director. A psalm of David.

God’s Blessing on the King

1 May Yahweh answer you in [the] day of trouble. May the name of Jacob's God protect you.
References for Psalms 20:1
    • a 20:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
    • b 20:1 - The sense is that of making something inaccessibly high, like a fortress
      2 May he send you help from [the] sanctuary, and from Zion may he sustain you.
      References for Psalms 20:2
        • c 20:2 - Hebrew "your help"
          3 May he remember all your offerings, and your burnt offering may he {regard favorably}.
          References for Psalms 20:3
            • d 20:3 - Literally "find [to be] fat"
              4 May he give to you {your heart's desire}, and your every plan may he fulfill. Selah
              References for Psalms 20:4
                • e 20:4 - Literally "according to your heart"
                  5 May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God may we set up banners. May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.
                  6 Now I know that Yahweh will help his anointed. He will answer him from his holy heaven with the victorious power of his right hand.
                  References for Psalms 20:6
                    • f 20:6 - Hebrew "messiah"
                      7 {Some boast in chariots and others in horses}, but we boast in the name of Yahweh, our God.
                      References for Psalms 20:7
                        • g 20:7 - Literally "These in the chariots and those in the horses"
                          8 They will collapse and fall, and we will rise and stand firm.
                          9 Rescue, O Yahweh. Let the king answer us when we call.
                          References for Psalms 20:9
                            • h 20:9 - Or "Grant victory"