Psalms 18

For the end, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord; the words which he spoke to the Lord, even the words of this song, in the day in which the Lord delivered him out the hand of all his enemies, and out the hand of Saul. And he said:

1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2The Lord is my firm support, and my refuge, and my deliverer; my God is my helper, I will hope in Him; He is my defender, and the horn of my salvation, and my helper. 3I will call upon the Lord with praises, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 4The pangs of death compassed me, and the torrents of ungodliness troubled me exceedingly. 5The pangs of hell came round about me: the snares of death prevented me. 6And when I was afflicted I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: He heard my voice out of His holy temple, and my cry shall enter before Him, into His ears. 7Then the earth shook and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains were disturbed, and were shaken, because God was angry with them. 8There went up a smoke in His wrath, and fire burst into a flame at His presence; coals were kindled at it. 9And He bowed the heaven, and came down: and thick darkness was under His feet. 10And He rode upon a cherub and flew; He flew on the wings of the wind. 11And He made darkness His secret place; round about Him was His tabernacle, even dark water in the clouds of the air. 12At the brightness before Him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire. 13The Lord also thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice. 14And He sent forth His weapons, and scattered them; and multiplied lightnings, and routed them. 15And the springs of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were exposed, at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blasting of the breath of Your wrath. 16He sent from on high and took me, He drew me to Himself out of many waters. 17He will deliver me from my mighty enemies, and from them that hate me; for they are stronger than I. 18They prevented me in the day of my affliction: but the Lord was my support against them. 19And He brought me out into a wide place; He shall deliver me, because He has pleasure in me. 20And the Lord shall recompense me according to my righteousness; even according to the purity of my hands shall He recompense me. 21For I have kept the way of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22For all His judgments were before me, and His ordinances departed not from me. 23And I shall be blameless before Him, and shall keep myself from my iniquity. 24And the Lord shall recompense me according to my righteousness, and according to the purity of my hands before His eyes. 25With the holy, You shall be holy; and with the blameless, You shall be blameless. 26And with the excellent, You shall be excellent; and with the perverse, You shall be shrewd. 27For You shall save the lowly people, and shall humble the eyes of the proud. 28For You, O Lord, shall light my lamp: my God, You shall lighten my darkness. 29For by You shall I be delivered from a troop; and by my God I will pass over a wall. 30As for my God, His way is perfect: the oracles of the Lord are tried in the fire; He is a protector of all them that hope in Him. 31For who is God but the Lord? And who is a God except our God? 32It is God that girds me with strength, and has made my way blameless; 33who strengthens my feet as hare's feet, and sets me upon high places. 34He instructs my hands for war; and You have made my arms as a bronze bow. 35And You have made me secure in my salvation; and Your right hand has helped me, and Your correction has upheld me to the end; yea, Your correction itself shall instruct me. 36You have made room for my goings under me, and my footsteps did not fail. 37I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them; and I will not turn back until they are consumed. 38I will dash them to pieces and they shall not be able to stand: they shall fall under my feet. 39For You have girded me with strength for war; You have beaten down under me all that rose up against me. 40And You has made my enemies turn their backs before me; and You have destroyed them that hated me. 41They cried, but there was no deliverer: even to the Lord, but He hearkened not to them. 42I will grind them as the mud of the streets; and I will beat them small as dust before the wind. 43Deliver me from the gain sayings of the people; You shall make me head of the Gentiles: a people whom I knew not served me, 44at the hearing of the ear they obeyed me: the strange children lied to me. 45The strange children waxed old, and fell away from their paths through lameness. 46The Lord lives; and blessed be my God; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47It is God that avenges me, and has subdued the nations under me; 48my deliverer from angry enemies; You shall set me on high above them that rise up against me; You shall deliver me from the unrighteous man. 49Therefore shall I confess to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing unto Your name. 50God magnifies the deliverances of His king; and deals mercifully with David His anointed, and His seed, forever.
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