Psalms 144

A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: {strength: Heb. rock} {to war...: Heb. to the war, etc} My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. {My goodness: or, My mercy} LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot thy arrows, and destroy them. Send thy hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of foreigners; {hand from: Heb. hands from} Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises to thee. 10  It is he that giveth salvation to kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. {salvation: or, victory} 11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: 12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: {polished: Heb. cut} 13  That our barns may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: {all...: Heb. from kind to kind} 14  That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. {strong...: Heb. able to bear burdens, or, loaden with flesh} 15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea , happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

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