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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Psalm 27:1-14

Of David. 27  Jehovah is my light+ and my salvation.+ Of whom shall I be in fear?+ Jehovah is the stronghold of my life.+ Of whom shall I be in dread?+   When the evildoers approached against me to eat up my flesh,+ They being my adversaries and my enemies personally,+ They themselves stumbled and fell.+   Though against me an encampment should pitch tent,+ My heart will not fear.+ Though against me war should rise,+ Even then I shall be trusting.+   One thing I have asked from Jehovah+ It is what I shall look for,+ That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life,+ To behold the pleasantness of Jehovah+ And to look with appreciation upon his temple.*+   For he will hide me in his covert in the day of calamity;+ He will conceal me in the secret place of his tent;+ High on a rock he will put me.+   And now my head will be high above my enemies all around me;+ And I will sacrifice at his tent sacrifices of joyful shouting;+ I will sing and make melody to Jehovah.+   Hear, O Jehovah, when I call with my voice,+ And show me favor and answer me.+   Concerning you my heart has said: “Seek to find my face,+ YOU people.” Your face, O Jehovah, I shall seek to find.+   Do not conceal your face from me.+ Do not in anger turn your servant away.+ My assistance you must become.+ Do not forsake me and do not leave me, O my God of salvation.+ 10  In case my own father and my own mother did leave me,+ Even Jehovah himself would take me up.+ 11  Instruct me, O Jehovah, in your way,+ And lead me in the path of uprightness on account of my foes. 12  Do not give me over to the soul of my adversaries;+ For against me false witnesses have risen up,+ And he who launches forth violence.+ 13  If I had not* had faith in seeing the goodness of Jehovah in the land of those alive+—! 14  Hope in Jehovah;+ be courageous and let your heart be strong.+ Yes, hope in Jehovah.+


“Upon his temple.” Heb., beheh·kha·lohʹ; Gr., na·onʹ; Lat., temʹplum. Compare 2Ki 20:18 ftn. See Mt 23:16 ftn.
“If . . . not.” Heb., lu·leʼʹ; LXXSyVg and five Heb. mss omit. In M this word is marked with extraordinary points by the Sopherim. See App 2A.