Psalms 181I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength. 2Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. 3I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised. So I shall be saved from my enemies. 4The cords of death encompassed me, and the floods of lawlessness made me afraid. 5The cords of Sheol were round about me. The snares of death came upon me. 6In my distress I called upon Jehovah, and cried to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry before him came into his ears. 7Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken because he was angry. 8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured. Coals were kindled by it. 9He also bowed the heavens, and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet. 10And he rode upon a cherub, and flew. Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion round about him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 12At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire. 13Jehovah also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 14And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them, Yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them. 15Then the channels of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at thy rebuke, O Jehovah, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. 16He sent from on high, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 17He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 18They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but Jehovah was my stay. 19He also brought me forth into a large place. He delivered me because he delighted in me. 20Jehovah has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands he has recompensed me. 21For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22For all his ordinances were before me, and I put not away his statutes from me. 23I was also perfect with him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. 24Therefore Jehovah has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 25With the merciful thou will show thyself merciful. With the perfect man thou will show thyself perfect. 26With the pure thou will show thyself pure. And with the perverse thou will show thyself contrary. 27For thou will save the afflicted people, but the haughty eyes thou will bring down. 28For thou will light my lamp. Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness. 29For by thee I run upon a troop, and by my God I leap over a wall. 30As for God, his way is perfect. The word of Jehovah is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. 31For who is God, except Jehovah? And who is a rock, besides our God, 32the God who girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect? 33He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me upon my high places. 34He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of brass. 35Thou have also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand has held me up, and thy gentleness has made me great. 36Thou have enlarged my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped. 37I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them. Neither will I turn again till they are consumed. 38I will smite them through, so that they shall not be able to rise. They shall fall under my feet. 39For thou have girded me with strength to the battle. Thou have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 40Thou have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me. 41They cried, but there was none to save, even to Jehovah, but he answered them not. 42Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind. I cast them out as the mire of the streets. 43Thou have delivered me from the strivings of the people. Thou have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 44As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me. 45The foreigners shall fade away, and shall come trembling out of their close places. 46Jehovah lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation, 47even the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me. 48He rescues me from my enemies. Yea, thou lift me up above those who rise up against me. Thou deliver me from the violent man. 49Therefore I will give thanks to thee, O Jehovah, among the Gentiles, and will sing praises to thy name. 50He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his seed, for evermore.
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