1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.)
Psalm 3 was probably composed by David when fleeing Jerusalem at the time of Absalom's revolt, when "many" were rising up against him.
Yahweh, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in Elohim. Selah.
3 But thou, O Yahweh, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto Yahweh with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for Yahweh sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Multitudes called 'crucify him'
7 Arise, O Yahweh; save me, O my Elohim: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto Yahweh: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.