2 Samuel 22

1And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul:

2And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my preserver; thou savest me from violence. 4I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies. 5When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
waves: or, pangs
ungodly...: Heb. Belial
6The sorrows of hell surrounded me; the snares of death seized me;
sorrows: or, cords
7In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry entered into his ears. 8Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was angry. 9There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
out of his nostrils: Heb. by, etc
10He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. 11And he rode upon a cherub, and flew: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12And he made darkness pavilions around him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
dark...: Heb. binding of waters
13Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled. 14The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. 15And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and smote them. 16And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were laid open, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 17He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
many: or, great
18He delivered me from my strong enemy, from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. 19They fell upon me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my support. 20He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 21The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 22For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 23For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. 24I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from my iniquity.
before: Heb. to
25Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
in...: Heb. before his eyes
26With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright. 27With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt contend.
shew thyself unsavoury: or, wrestle
28And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thy eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. 29For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
lamp: or, candle
30For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
run: or, broken
31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a shield to all them that trust in him.
tried: or, refined
32For who is God, except the LORD? and who is a rock, except our God? 33God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
maketh: Heb. riddeth, or, looseth
34He maketh my feet like hindsfeet : and setteth me upon my high places.
maketh: Heb. equalleth
35He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms.
to war: Heb. for the war
36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
made...: Heb. multiplied me
37Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet have not slipped.
feet: Heb. ankles
38I have pursued my enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them. 39And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they have fallen under my feet. 40For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
subdued: Heb. caused to bow
41Thou hast also given me the necks of my enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. 42They looked, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but he answered them not. 43Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I stamped them as the mire of the street, and spread them abroad. 44Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me. 45Strangers shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient to me.
Strangers: Heb. Sons of the stranger
submit...: or, yield feigned obedience: Heb. lie
46Strangers shall fade away, and they shall come trembling out of their fortresses. 47The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 48It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
avengeth: Heb. giveth avengement for
49And that bringeth me forth from my enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 50Therefore I will give thanks to thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to thy name. 51He is the tower of salvation for his king: and he showeth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

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