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Chapter 20


1 For the leader. A psalm of David.


The LORD answer you in time of distress; the name of the God of Jacob defend you!


May God send you help from the temple, from Zion be your support.


2 May God remember your every offering, graciously accept your holocaust, Selah


Grant what is in your heart, fulfill your every plan.


3 May we shout for joy at your victory, raise the banners in the name of our God. The LORD grant your every prayer!


Now I know victory is given to the anointed of the LORD. God will answer him from the holy heavens with a strong arm that brings victory.


Some rely on chariots, others on horses, but we on the name of the LORD our God.


They collapse and fall, but we stand strong and firm.


LORD, grant victory to the king; answer when we call upon you.


1 [Psalm 20] The people pray for the king before battle. The people ask for divine help ( Psalm 20:2-6) and express confidence that such help will be given ( Psalm 20:7-10). A solemn assurance of divine help may well have been given between the two sections in the liturgy, something like the promises of Psalm 12:6; 21:9-13. The final verse ( Psalm 20:9) [10] echoes the opening verse.

2 [4] Remember: God's remembering implies readiness to act. Cf Genesis 8:1; Exodus 2:24

3 [6] Victory: the Hebrew root is often translated "salvation," "to save," but in military contexts it can have the specific meaning of "victory."

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