2 Samuel 22
David’s Psalm of Deliverance1 a And David spoke b the words of this song to the Lord in the day that the Lord delivered him from the ▼
▼ Lit palmhand of all his enemies and from the ▼
▼ Lit palmhand of Saul. 2 He said, e “The Lord is my ▼
▼ Lit cragrock and my fortress and my deliverer;
▼ Lit God of my rock, h My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My i shield and j the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and k my refuge;
My savior, You save me from violence.
4 “I call upon the Lord l who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.
5 “For m the waves of death encompassed me;
n The torrents of ▼
▼ Heb Belialdestruction ▼
▼ Or terrifiedoverwhelmed me;
6 q The cords of ▼
▼ I.e. the nether worldSheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
7 s “In my distress I called upon the Lord,
Yes, I ▼
▼ Or calledcried to my God;
And from His temple He heard my voice,
And my cry for help came into His ears.
8 “Then u the earth shook and quaked,
v The foundations of heaven were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
9 “Smoke went up ▼
▼ Or in His wrathout of His nostrils,
x Fire from His mouth devoured;
y Coals were kindled by it.
10 “He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With z thick darkness under His feet.
11 aa “And He rode on a cherub and flew;
And He ▼
▼ Many mss read spedappeared on ac the wings of the wind.
12 ad “And He made darkness ▼
▼ Or pavilionscanopies around Him,
A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.
13 “From the brightness before Him
af Coals of fire were kindled.
14 ag “The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice.
15 ah “And He sent out arrows, and scattered them,
Lightning, and ▼
▼ Lit confusedrouted them.
16 “Then the channels of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were ▼
▼ Or uncoveredlaid bare
By the rebuke of the Lord,
ak At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 al “He sent from on high, He took me;
am He drew me out of many waters.
18 “He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.
19 “They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
an But the Lord was my support.
20 ao “He also brought me forth into a broad place;
He rescued me, ap because He delighted in me.
21 aq “The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
ar According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
22 as “For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not acted wickedly against my God.
23 at “For all His ordinances were before me,
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from ▼
▼ Lit itthem.
24 av “I was also ▼ blameless toward Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 ax “Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness before His eyes.
26 ay “With the ▼
▼ Or loyalkind You show Yourself ▼
▼ Or loyalkind,
With the ▼ blameless You show Yourself ▼ blameless;
27 bd With the pure You show Yourself pure,
be And with the perverted You show Yourself ▼
▼ Lit twistedastute.
28 bg “And You save an afflicted people;
bh But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase.
29 bi “For You are my lamp, O Lord;
And the Lord illumines my darkness.
30 bj “For by You I can ▼
▼ Or crush a trooprun upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
31 bl “As for God, His way is ▼ blameless;
bn The word of the Lord is tested;
bo He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
32 bp “For who is God, besides the Lord?
bq And who is a rock, besides our God?
33 br “God is my strong fortress;
And He ▼
▼ Or sets freesets the ▼ blameless in ▼
▼ Another reading is myHis way.
34 bv “He makes ▼
▼ Another reading is Hismy feet like hinds’ feet,
bx And sets me on my high places.
35 by “He trains my hands for battle,
bz So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 “You have also given me ca the shield of Your salvation,
And Your ▼
▼ Lit answeringhelp makes me great.
37 cc “You enlarge my steps under me,
And my ▼
▼ Lit anklesfeet have not slipped.
38 “I pursued my enemies and ce destroyed them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
39 “And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise;
And cf they fell under my feet.
40 “For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have ▼
▼ Lit caused to bow downsubdued under me ch those who rose up against me.
41 “You have also ci made my enemies turn their backs to me,
And I ▼
▼ Or silenceddestroyed those who hated me.
42 ck “They looked, but there was none to save;
cl Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
43 cm “Then I pulverized them as the dust of the earth;
cn I crushed and stamped them as the mire of the streets.
44 co “You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people;
cp You have kept me as head of the nations;
cq A people whom I have not known serve me.
45 cr “Foreigners pretend obedience to me;
As soon as they hear, they obey me.
46 “Foreigners ▼
▼ Lit languishlose heart,
ct And ▼
▼ Lit gird themselvescome trembling out of their ▼
▼ Lit fastnessesfortresses.
47 “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be ▼
▼ Lit the God of the rock, cx God, the rock of my salvation,
48 cy The God who executes vengeance for me,
cz And brings down peoples under me,
49 Who also brings me out from my enemies;
You even lift me above da those who rise up against me;
db You rescue me from the violent man.
50 dc “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.
51 dd “He is a tower of ▼
▼ I.e. victories; lit salvationdeliverance to His king,
And df shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
dg To David and his ▼
▼ Lit seeddescendants forever.”
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