Psa 18
o[See ver. 4 above]
ca[See ver. 44 above]

Psalms 18

The  Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, a  the servant of the  Lord, b  who addressed the words of this c  song to the  Lord on the day when the  Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, O  Lord, my strength.
2The  Lord is my d  rock and my e  fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my f  rock, in g  whom I take refuge,
my h  shield, and i  the horn of my salvation, my j  stronghold.
3I call upon the  Lord, who is k  worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
4 l  The cords of death encompassed me;
m  the torrents of destruction assailed me;
Or terrified me

5 o  the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 p  In my distress I called upon the  Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his q  temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7 Then the earth r  reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils
Or in his wrath

and devouring t  fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9He u  bowed the heavens and v  came down;
w  thick darkness was under his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on x  the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering, his y  canopy around him,
thick clouds z  dark with water.
12Out of the brightness before him
aa  hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
13 The  Lord also ab  thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his ac  voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14And he sent out his ad  arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and ae  routed them.
15Then af  the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your ag  rebuke, O  Lord,
at the blast of ah  the breath of your nostrils.
16 He ai  sent from on high, he took me;
he aj  drew me out of ak  many waters.
17He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were al  too mighty for me.
18They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the  Lord was my support.
19He brought me out into am  a broad place;
he rescued me, because he an  delighted in me.
20 The  Lord dealt with me ao  according to my righteousness;
according to ap  the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
21For I have aq  kept the ways of the  Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22For ar  all his rules
Or just decrees
were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23I was at  blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
24So the  Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 With au  the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with av  the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27For you save aw  a humble people,
but ax  the haughty eyes you bring down.
28For it is you who light my ay  lamp;
the  Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can az  leap over ba  a wall.
30This God—his way is bb  perfect;
Or blameless

the word of the  Lord bd  proves true;
he is be  a shield for all those who bf  take refuge in him.
31 For bg  who is God, but the  Lord?
And who is bh  a rock, except our God?—
32the God who bi  equipped me with strength
and made my way bj  blameless.
33He made my feet like the feet of a bk  deer
and set me secure on bl  the heights.
34He bm  trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand bn  supported me,
and your bo  gentleness made me great.
36You bp  gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
37I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
39For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made those who rise against me sink under me.
40You made my enemies bq  turn their backs to me,
Or  You gave me my enemies’ necks

and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 bs  They cried for help, but there was none to save;
they cried to the  Lord, but he did not answer them.
42I beat them fine as bt  dust before the wind;
I cast them out like bu  the mire of the streets.
43 You delivered me from bv  strife with the people;
you made me bw  the head of the nations;
bx  people whom I had not known served me.
44As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
by  foreigners bz  came cringing to me.
45 ca  Foreigners lost heart
and cb  came trembling out of their fortresses.
46 The  Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation
47the God who gave me vengeance
and cc  subdued peoples under me,
48who delivered me from my enemies;
yes, you cd  exalted me above those who rose against me;
you rescued me from ce  the man of violence.
49 cf  For this I will praise you, O  Lord, among the nations,
and cg  sing to your name.
50Great ch  salvation he brings to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his ci  anointed,
to cj  David and his offspring forever.
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