Psalm 18
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The Lord is My Rock

(Psalm 27:1-14; Psalm 28:1-9)

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1For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength.1To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength.1For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, 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, my strength."1To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto 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 will love thee, O LORD, my strength.1For the choir director. Of the servant of the LORD, David, who spoke the words of this song to the LORD on the day the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love You, LORD, my strength.
2The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.2The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.3I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.
4The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;4The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.4The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.4The ropes of death were wrapped around me; the torrents of destruction terrified me.
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5The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.5the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.5The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.5The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.5The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
6In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.6In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.6In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.6In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.6I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.
7The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.7Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.7Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.7Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.7Then the earth shook and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled; they shook because He burned with anger.
8Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.8Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.8Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.8Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire came from His mouth; coals were set ablaze by it.
9He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.9He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.9He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.9He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.9He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud beneath His feet.
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10He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.10He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.10He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.10He rode on a cherub and flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.11He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.11He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.11He made darkness His hiding place, dark storm clouds His canopy around Him.
12Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.12Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.12From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.12From the radiance of His presence, His clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals.
13The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.13The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High projected His voice.
14He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.14He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.14Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.14He shot His arrows and scattered them; He hurled lightning bolts and routed them.
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15The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.15Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.15Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.15Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.15The depths of the sea became visible, the foundations of the world were exposed, at Your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.16He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.16He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.16He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.16He reached down from heaven and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters.
17He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.17He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.17He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.17He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.17He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.
18They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.18They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.18They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the LORD was my support.
19He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.19He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.19He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.19He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.19He brought me out to a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
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20The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.20The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; He repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands.
21For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.21For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not turned from my God to wickedness.
22All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.22For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.22For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.22For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.22Indeed, I have kept all His ordinances in mind and have not disregarded His statutes.
23I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.23I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.23I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.23I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.23I was blameless toward Him and kept myself from sinning.
24The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.24So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.24Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.24Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.24So the LORD repaid me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
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25To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,25With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;25With the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;25With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;25With the faithful You prove Yourself faithful; with the blameless man You prove Yourself blameless;
26to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.26with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.26With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.26With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.26with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd.
27You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.27For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.27For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase.27For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.27For You rescue an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes.
28You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.28For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.28For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.28For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.28 LORD, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.
29With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.29For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.29For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.29For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.29With You I can attack a barrier, and with my God I can leap over a wall.
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30As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.30This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.30As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.30God--His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?31For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—31For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God,31For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?31For who is God besides Yahweh? And who is a rock? Only our God.
32It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.32the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.32The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless?32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.32God--He clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.33He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.33He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me upon my high places.33He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.33He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights.
34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.34He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.34He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.34He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.34He trains my hands for war; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
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35You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.35You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.35You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.35Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.35You have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand upholds me, and Your humility exalts me.
36You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.36You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.36You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.36You widen a place beneath me for my steps, and my ankles do not give way.
37I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.37I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed.37I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.37I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.37I pursue my enemies and overtake them; I do not turn back until they are wiped out.
38I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.38I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.38I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise; They fell under my feet.38I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.38I crush them, and they cannot get up; they fall beneath my feet.
39You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.39For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.39For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.39You have clothed me with strength for battle; You subdue my adversaries beneath me.
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40You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.40You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.40You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, And I destroyed those who hated me.40Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.40You have made my enemies retreat before me; I annihilate those who hate me.
41They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.41They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.41They cried for help, but there was none to save, Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.41They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.41They cry for help, but there is no one to save them-- they cry to the LORD, but He does not answer them.
42I beat them as fine as windblown dust; I trampled them like mud in the streets.42I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets.42Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind; I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.42I pulverize them like dust before the wind; I trample them like mud in the streets.
43You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,43You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.43You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.43You have freed me from the feuds among the people; You have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.
44foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.44As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.44As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners submit to me.44As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.44Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear, they obey me.
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45They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.45Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.45Foreigners fade away, And come trembling out of their fortresses.45The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.45Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their fortifications.
46The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!46The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—46The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation,46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.46The LORD lives--may my rock be praised! The God of my salvation is exalted.
47He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,47the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me,47The God who executes vengeance for me, And subdues peoples under me.47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.47God--He gives me vengeance and subdues peoples under me.
48who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.48who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from the man of violence.48He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.48He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; You rescue me from violent men.
49Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.49For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing to your name.49Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, And I will sing praises to Your name.49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.49Therefore I will praise You, Yahweh, among the nations; I will sing about Your name.
50He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever.50Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.50He gives great deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.50Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.50He gives great victories to His king; He shows loyalty to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever.



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