Psalm 18
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1I love you, O LORD, my strength.1I love you, LORD; you are my 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 rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.3I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;4The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me.
5the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.5The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.
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.6But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.7Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of his anger.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.8Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
9He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.9He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.10Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring 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, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
12Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.12Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals.
13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.13The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals.
14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.14He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused.
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 at your command, O LORD, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
16He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.16He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
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 powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.18They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me.
19He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.19He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.
20The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.20The LORD rewarded me for doing right; he restored me because of my innocence.
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; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
22For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.22I have followed all his regulations; I have never abandoned his decrees.
23I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.23I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.
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 doing right. He has seen my innocence.
25With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;25To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity.
26with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.26To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.27You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.
28For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.28You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
29For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.29In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any 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.30God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—31For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
32the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.32God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
33He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.33He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.34He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.35You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.
36You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.36You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
37I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed.37I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.
38I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.38I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.
39For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.39You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
40You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.40You placed my foot on their necks. I have destroyed all who hated me.
41They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.41They called for help, but no one came to their rescue. They even cried to the LORD, but he refused to answer.
42I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets.42I ground them as fine as dust in the wind. I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
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 gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me.
44As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.44As soon as they hear of me, they submit; foreign nations cringe before me.
45Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.45They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds.
46The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—46The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!
47the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me,47He is the God who pays back those who harm me; he subdues the nations under 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.48and rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents.
49For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing to your name.49For this, O LORD, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing praises to your name.
50Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.50You give great victories to your king; you show unfailing love to your anointed, to David and all his descendants forever.
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