Psalm 18
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1I love you, O LORD, my strength.1For the music director; by the LORD's servant David, who sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul. He said: "I love you, LORD, my source of strength!
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 high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge.
3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.3I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies.
4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;4The waves of death engulfed me, the currents of chaos overwhelmed me.
5the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.5The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, the snares of death trapped me.
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 to the LORD; I cried out to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.7The earth heaved and shook; the roots of the mountains trembled; they heaved because he was angry.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.8Smoke ascended from his nose; fire devoured as it came from his mouth; he hurled down fiery coals.
9He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.9He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.10He mounted a winged angel and flew; he glided on the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.11He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds.
12Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.12From the brightness in front of him came hail and fiery coals.
13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.13The LORD thundered in the sky; the sovereign One shouted.
14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.14He shot his arrows and scattered them, many lightning bolts and routed them.
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.15The depths of the sea were exposed; the inner regions of the world were uncovered by your battle cry, LORD, by the powerful breath from your nose.
16He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.16He reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me from the surging water.
17He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.17He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.
18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.18They confronted me in my day of calamity, but the LORD helped me.
19He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.19He brought me out into a wide open place; he delivered me because he was pleased with me.
20The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.20The LORD repaid me for my godly deeds; he rewarded my blameless behavior.
21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.21For I have obeyed the LORD's commands; I have not rebelled against my God.
22For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.22For I am aware of all his regulations, and I do not reject his rules.
23I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.23I was innocent before him, and kept myself from sinning.
24So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.24The LORD rewarded me for my godly deeds; he took notice of my blameless behavior.
25With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;25You prove to be loyal to one who is faithful; you prove to be trustworthy to one who is innocent.
26with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.26You prove to be reliable to one who is blameless, but you prove to be deceptive to one who is perverse.
27For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.27For you deliver oppressed people, but you bring down those who have a proud look.
28For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.28Indeed, you are my lamp, LORD. My God illuminates the darkness around me.
29For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.29Indeed, with your help I can charge against an army; by my God's power I can jump over a wall.
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.30The one true God acts in a faithful manner; the LORD's promise is reliable; he is a shield to all who take shelter in him.
31For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—31Indeed, who is God besides the LORD? Who is a protector besides our God?
32the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.32The one true God gives me strength; he removes the obstacles in my way.
33He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.33He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.
34He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend even the strongest bow.
35You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.35You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail.
36You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.36You widen my path; my feet do not slip.
37I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed.37I chase my enemies and catch them; I do not turn back until I wipe them out.
38I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.38I beat them to death; they fall at my feet.
39For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.39You give me strength for battle; you make my foes kneel before me.
40You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.40You make my enemies retreat; I destroy those who hate me.
41They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.41They cry out, but there is no one to help them; they cry out to the LORD, but he does not answer them.
42I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets.42I grind them as fine windblown dust; I beat them underfoot like clay in the streets.
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 rescue me from a hostile army; you make me a leader of nations; people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects.
44As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.44When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. Foreigners are powerless before me;
45Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.45foreigners lose their courage; they shake with fear as they leave their strongholds.
46The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—46The LORD is alive! My protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!
47the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me,47The one true God completely vindicates me; he makes nations submit to me.
48who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.48He delivers me from my enemies; you snatch me away from those who attack me; you rescue me from violent men.
49For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing to your name.49So I will give you thanks before the nations, O LORD! I will sing praises to you!
50Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.50He gives his chosen king magnificent victories; he is faithful to his chosen ruler, to David and his descendants forever."
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