Psalms 18

The  Lord Praised for Giving Deliverance.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the  Lord,
2 Sam 22:1-51
who spoke to the  Lord the words of this song in the day that the  Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said,

1 I love You, O  Lord, b  my strength.”
2The  Lord is c  my
Or crag
rock and e  my fortress and my f  deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My g  shield and the h  horn of my salvation, my i  stronghold.
3I call upon the  Lord, who is j  worthy to be praised,
And I am k  saved from my enemies.

4The l  cords of death encompassed me,
And the m  torrents of
Or destruction; Heb Belial
ungodliness
Or were assailing or terrifying
terrified me.
5The p  cords of
I.e. the nether world
Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
6In my r  distress I called upon the  Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice s  out of His temple,
And my t  cry for help before Him came into His ears.

7Then the u  earth shook and quaked;
And the v  foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
8Smoke went up
Or in His wrath
out of His nostrils,
And x  fire from His mouth devoured;
Coals were kindled by it.
9He y  bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick z  darkness under His feet.
10He rode upon a aa  cherub and flew;
And He sped upon the ab  wings of the wind.
11He made ac  darkness His hiding place ad  His
Or pavilion
canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12From the af  brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,
Hailstones and ag  coals of fire.
13The  Lord also ah  thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14He ai  sent out His arrows, and scattered them,
And lightning flashes in abundance, and
Lit confused
routed them.
15Then the ak  channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were
Or uncovered
laid bare
At Your am  rebuke, O  Lord,
At the blast of the an  breath of Your nostrils.

16He ao  sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of ap  many waters.
17He aq  delivered me from my strong enemy,
And from those who hated me, for they were ar  too mighty for me.
18They confronted me in as  the day of my calamity,
But at  the  Lord was my stay.
19He brought me forth also into a au  broad place;
He rescued me, because av  He delighted in me.

20The  Lord has aw  rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the ax  cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
21For I have ay  kept the ways of the  Lord,
And have az  not wickedly departed from my God.
22For all ba  His ordinances were before me,
And I did not put away His bb  statutes from me.
23I was also
Lit complete; or having integrity; or perfect
,
bd  blameless with Him,
And I be  kept myself from my iniquity.
24Therefore the  Lord has bf  recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

25With bg  the kind You show Yourself kind;
With the
V 23, note 1
blameless bi  You show Yourself blameless;
26With the pure You show Yourself bj  pure,
And with the crooked bk  You show Yourself
Lit twisted
astute.
27For You bm  save an afflicted people,
But bn  haughty eyes You abase.
28For You bo  light my lamp;
The  Lord my God bp  illumines my darkness.
29For by You I can
Or crush a troop
,
br  run upon a troop;
And by my God I can bs  leap over a wall.

30As for God, His way is
V 23, note 1
,
bu  blameless;
The bv  word of the  Lord is tried;
He is a bw  shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31For bx  who is God, but the  Lord?
And who is a by  rock, except our God,
32The God who bz  girds me with strength
And
Or has made
makes my way
Lit complete; or having integrity
,
cc  blameless?
33He cd  makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And ce  sets me upon my high places.
34He cf  trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can cg  bend a bow of bronze.
35You have also given me ch  the shield of Your salvation,
And Your ci  right hand upholds me;
And cj  Your
Or condescension
gentleness makes me great.
36You cl  enlarge my steps under me,
And my
Lit ankles
,
cn  feet have not slipped.

37I co  pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back cp  until they were consumed.
38I shattered them, so that they were cq  not able to rise;
They fell cr  under my feet.
39For You have cs  girded me with strength for battle;
You have
Lit caused to bow down
,
cu  subdued under me those who rose up against me.
40You have also made my enemies cv  turn their backs to me,
And I
Or silenced
,
cx  destroyed those who hated me.
41They cried for help, but there was cy  none to save,
Even to the  Lord, but cz  He did not answer them.
42Then I beat them fine as the da  dust before the wind;
I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

43You have delivered me from the db  contentions of the people;
You have placed me as dc  head of the nations;
A dd  people whom I have not known serve me.
44As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Foreigners
Lit deceive me; i.e. give feigned obedience
,
df  submit to me.
45Foreigners dg  fade away,
And dh  come trembling out of their
Lit fastnesses
fortresses.

46The  Lord dj  lives, and blessed be dk  my rock;
And exalted be dl  the God of my salvation,
47The God who dm  executes vengeance for me,
And dn  subdues peoples under me.
48He do  delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You dp  lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the dq  violent man.
49Therefore I will dr  give thanks to You among the nations, O  Lord,
And I will ds  sing praises to Your name.
50He gives great
I.e. victories; lit salvations
,
du  deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to dv  His anointed,
To David and dw  his
Lit seed
descendants forever.

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