3, 1: A song by David, when he fled from the face of Absalom.
3, 2: Adonai, how abundant, my tormentors; abundant they who rise against me.
3, 3: Abundant [those] who speak of my soul: “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
3, 4: And You, Adonai, a shield for me; my glory and the One Who raises up my head.
3, 5: With my voice, I will call out to Adonai and He will answer me from His holy mountain. Selah.
3, 6: I lay down and I slept. I awoke, for Adonai will hold me up.
3, 7: No awe have I of tens of thousands – a nation – that, surrounding [me], set [themselves] upon me.
3, 8: Arise, Adonai! Deliver me, my God, for You have struck down all my enemies [on the] cheek, the teeth of the wicked You have broken.
3, 9: To Adonai deliverance [belongs]; upon Your nation, Your blessing. Selah.
Notes Psalm 3
3, 1: Although the usual translation is “from Absalom”, the literal translation is “from the face of Absalom”. (For the story of David and Absalom, see 2 Samuel 15-19.)
3, 2: The literal translation of the Hebrew is “what abundant my tormentors”. We have substituted “how” to make the English comprehensible.
3, 3: The Hebrew for “deliverance” is here given an extra letter, “tav”: יְשׁוּעָתָה
3, 5: “With” is understood in the Hebrew but not explicitly written; the English requires it.
3, 5: The Hebrew word for “answer” – וַיַּעֲנֵנִי – has the same root as “anguish “ or “torture” – עִנּוּי . Perhaps the similarity hints at the hope that suffering will be answered, be assuaged. (See also Psalm 13, verse 4.)
3, 6: Both the Hebrew for “slept” – וָאִישָׁנָה– and for “awoke” – הֱקִיצוֹתִי – have a letter added to the usual spelling, as if to give these verbs an added dramatic emphasis.
3, 7: The suggestion implicit in Hebrew of the English “set upon” – שָׁתוּ – is of the deployment of troops.
3, 9: The Hebrew contains no verbs in this line.
King James Psalms 3 Translation:
 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.