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,

I love You, O  Lord, b my strength.”
The  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.
I call upon the  Lord, who is j worthy to be praised,
And I am k saved from my enemies.

The l cords of death encompassed me,
And the m torrents of
Or destruction; Heb Belial
Or were assailing or terrifying
terrified me.
The p cords of
I.e. the nether world
Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
In 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.

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

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

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

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

30 As 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.
31 For bx who is God, but the  Lord?
And who is a by rock, except our God,
32 The God who bz girds me with strength
Or has made
makes my way
Lit complete; or having integrity
cc blameless?
33 He cd makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And ce sets me upon my high places.
34 He cf trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can cg bend a bow of bronze.
35 You 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.
36 You cl enlarge my steps under me,
And my
Lit ankles
cn feet have not slipped.

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

43 You 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.
44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Lit deceive me; i.e. give feigned obedience
df submit to me.
45 Foreigners dg fade away,
And dh come trembling out of their
Lit fastnesses

46 The  Lord dj lives, and blessed be dk my rock;
And exalted be dl the God of my salvation,
47 The God who dm executes vengeance for me,
And dn subdues peoples under me.
48 He 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.
49 Therefore I will dr give thanks to You among the nations, O  Lord,
And I will ds sing praises to Your name.
50 He 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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