2 Samuel 22

David’s Psalm of Deliverance

1 a  And David spoke b  the words of this song to the  Lord in the day that the  Lord delivered him from the
Lit palm
hand of all his enemies and from the
Lit palm
hand of Saul.
2He said, e  “The  Lord is my
Lit crag
rock 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.
4I 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 Belial
Or terrified
overwhelmed me;
6 q  The cords of
I.e. the nether world
Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
7 s  In my distress I called upon the  Lord,
Yes, I
Or called
cried 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.
9Smoke went up
Or in His wrath
out of His nostrils,
x  Fire from His mouth devoured;
y  Coals were kindled by it.
10He 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 sped
appeared on ac  the wings of the wind.
12 ad  And He made darkness
Or pavilions
canopies around Him,
A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.
13From 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 confused
routed them.
16Then the channels of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were
Or uncovered
laid 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.
18He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.
19They 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 it
24 av  “I was also
Lit complete; or having integrity
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 loyal
kind You show Yourself
Or loyal
With the
Lit complete; or having integrity
blameless You show Yourself
Lit complete; or having integrity
27 bd  With the pure You show Yourself pure,
be  And with the perverted You show Yourself
Lit twisted
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 troop
run upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
31 bl  As for God, His way is
Lit complete; or having integrity
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 free
sets the
Lit complete; or having integrity
blameless in
Another reading is my
His way.
34 bv  He makes
Another reading is His
my 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.
36You have also given me ca  the shield of Your salvation,
And Your
Lit answering
help makes me great.
37 cc  You enlarge my steps under me,
And my
Lit ankles
feet have not slipped.
38I pursued my enemies and ce  destroyed them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
39And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise;
And cf  they fell under my feet.
40For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have
Lit caused to bow down
subdued 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 silenced
destroyed 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.
Lit languish
lose heart,
ct  And
Lit gird themselves
come trembling out of their
Lit fastnesses
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,
49Who 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 salvation
deliverance to His king,
And df  shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
dg  To David and his
Lit seed
descendants forever.”

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