2 Samuel 22

David’s Song of Deliverance

1And David spoke ato the  Lord the words of this song on the day when the  Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2 bHe said,

c“The  Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
3 dmy
Septuagint (compare Psalm 18:2); Hebrew lacks  my
God, my rock fin whom I take refuge,
gmy shield, and hthe horn of my salvation,
imy stronghold and jmy refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
4I call upon the  Lord, who is kworthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
5 l“For the waves of death encompassed me,
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
Or terrified me

6 nthe cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
7 o“In my distress I called upon the  Lord;
to my God I called.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry pcame to his ears.
8 “Then qthe earth reeled and rocked;
rthe foundations of the heavens trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
9Smoke went up from his nostrils
Or in his wrath

and devouring fire from his mouth;
tglowing coals flamed forth from him.
10 uHe bowed the heavens and vcame down;
wthick darkness was under his feet.
11He rode on a cherub and flew;
he was seen on xthe wings of the wind.
12He made ydarkness around him zhis canopy,
thick clouds, a gathering of water.
13Out of the brightness before him
aacoals of fire flamed forth.
14 abThe  Lord thundered from heaven,
and the Most High uttered his voice.
15And he sent out acarrows and scattered them;
lightning, and routed them.
16Then the channels of the sea were seen;
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at the rebuke of the  Lord,
at the adblast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 ae“He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
18He rescued me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
19They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the  Lord was my support.
20 afHe brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because aghe delighted in me.
21 “The  Lord ahdealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the aicleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
22 ajFor I have kept the ways of the  Lord
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 akFor all his rules were before me,
and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
24I was alblameless before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.
25 amAnd the  Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.
26 anWith the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the aoblameless man you show yourself blameless;
27with the purified you deal purely,
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
28 apYou save a humble people,
aqbut your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
29 arFor you are my lamp, O  Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness.
30For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
31This Godashis way is perfect;
the atword of the  Lord proves true;
he is aua shield for all those who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God, but the  Lord?
avAnd who is a rock, except our God?
33This God is my awstrong refuge
and has made my
Or his; also verse 34
way blameless.
Compare Psalm 18:32; Hebrew he has blamelessly set my way free, or he has made my way spring up blamelessly

34 azHe made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure baon the heights.
35 bbHe trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your gentleness made me great.
37 bcYou gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet
Hebrew ankles
did not slip;
38I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,
and did not turn back until they were consumed.
39I consumed them; I thrust them through, so that they did not rise;
they fell beunder my feet.
40For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made bfthose who rise against me sink under me.
41You bgmade my enemies turn their backs to me,
Or  You gave me my enemies’ necks

those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
42They looked, but there was none to save;
they cried to the  Lord, but bihe did not answer them.
43I beat them fine bjas the dust of the earth;
I crushed them and stamped them down bklike the mire of the streets.
44 “You delivered me from strife with my people;
Septuagint  with the peoples

you kept me as the head of bmthe nations;
bnpeople whom I had not known served me.
45Foreigners came cringing to me;
as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
46Foreigners lost heart
and came trembling
Compare Psalm 18:45; Hebrew equipped themselves
bpout of their fortresses.
47 “The  Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be bqmy God, brthe rock of my salvation,
48the God who gave me vengeance
and bsbrought down peoples under me,
49who brought me out from my enemies;
you exalted me above btthose who rose against me;
you delivered me from bumen of violence.
50 bvFor this I will praise you, O  Lord, among the nations,
and sing praises to your name.
51 bwGreat salvation he brings
Or He is a tower of salvation
to his king,
and shows steadfast love to byhis anointed,
to David and his offspring bzforever.”
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