Psalm 18:1
New International Version
For 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.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the LORD I love you, LORD; you are my strength.

English Standard Version
I love you, O LORD, my strength.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. Of David the servant of the LORD, who sang this song to the LORD on the day the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love You, O LORD, my strength.

New American Standard Bible
For 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."

King James Bible
To 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.

Christian Standard Bible
I love you, LORD, my strength.

Contemporary English Version
I love you, LORD God, and you make me strong.

Good News Translation
How I love you, LORD! You are my defender.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For 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.

International Standard Version
He said: "I love you, Lord, my strength.

NET Bible
For 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!

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. By 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. He said,] I love you, LORD, my strength.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall love you, Lord Jehovah, my power

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; by David, the servant of the LORD. He sang this song to the LORD when the LORD rescued him from all his enemies, especially from Saul. He said,] I love you, O LORD, my strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke 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 love thee, O LORD, my strength.

New American Standard 1977
“ I Love Thee, O LORD, my strength.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

King James 2000 Bible
I will love you, O LORD, my strength.

American King James Version
I will love you, O LORD, my strength.

American Standard Version
I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, a Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord; the words which he spoke to the Lord, even the words of this Song, in the day in which the Lord delivered him out the hand of all his enemies, and out the hand of Saul: and he said: I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, for David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this canticle, in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. [2 Kings 22.] I will love thee, O Lord, my strength:

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David, the servant of Jehovah, who spoke to Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul. And he said,} I will love thee, O Jehovah, my strength.

English Revised Version
For 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 love thee, O LORD, my strength.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, 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 will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

World English Bible
I love you, Yahweh, my strength.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- By a servant of Jehovah, by David, who hath spoken to Jehovah the words of this song in the day Jehovah delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, and he saith: -- I love Thee, O Jehovah, my strength.
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
1For the choirmaster. Of David the servant of the LORD, who sang this song to the LORD on the day the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love You, O 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.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him.

2 Samuel 22:1
David sang this song to the LORD on the day the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

Psalm 43:2
For You are the God of my refuge. Why have You rejected me? Why must I walk in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression?

Psalm 59:17
To You, O my strength, I sing praises, for You, O God, are my fortress, my God of loving devotion.

Psalm 116:1
I love the LORD, for He has heard my voice--my appeal for mercy.

Jeremiah 16:19
O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of distress, the nations will come to You from the ends of the earth, and they will say, "Our fathers inherited nothing but lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all."

Treasury of Scripture

I will love you, O LORD, my strength.

in the day

Psalm 34:19
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Exodus 15:1
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Judges 5:1
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

I will

Psalm 116:1-6
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications…

Psalm 144:1,2
A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: …

1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.

my

Psalm 18:32
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalm 28:7,8
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him…

Psalm 118:14
The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.







Lexicon
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֤חַ ׀ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

Of David
לְדָ֫וִ֥ד (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

the servant
לְעֶ֥בֶד (lə·‘e·ḇeḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

of the LORD,
יְהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

who
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

sang
דִּבֶּ֨ר ׀ (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

this
הַזֹּ֑את (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

song
הַשִּׁירָ֣ה (haš·šî·rāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7892: A song, singing

to the LORD
לַיהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

on the day
בְּי֤וֹם (bə·yō·wm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

the LORD
יְהוָ֘ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

delivered
הִֽצִּיל־ (hiṣ·ṣîl-)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

him
אוֹת֥וֹ (’ō·w·ṯōw)
Direct object marker | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

from the hand
מִכַּ֥ף (mik·kap̄)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

of all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

his enemies
אֹ֝יְבָ֗יו (’ō·yə·ḇāw)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

and from the hand
וּמִיַּ֥ד (ū·mî·yaḏ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

of Saul.
שָׁאֽוּל׃ (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

He said:
וַיֹּאמַ֡ר (way·yō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

I love You,
אֶרְחָמְךָ֖ (’er·ḥā·mə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7355: To fondle, to love, to compassionate

O LORD,
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

my strength.
חִזְקִֽי׃ (ḥiz·qî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2391: Strength
(1) I will love thee.--Better, Dearly do I love thee. The line is wanting in Samuel.

My strength.--This strikes the keynote of the whole poem. The strong, mighty God is the object in David's thought throughout. It is a warrior's song, and his conception of Jehovah is a warrior's conception.

Verse 1. - I will love thee, O Lord, my Strength. This opening is very remarkable. The verb translated "I will love" expresses the very tenderest affection, and is elsewhere never used to denote the love of man towards God, but only that of God towards man. The entire verse, moreover, is withdrawn from the "second edition" of the psalm (2 Samuel 22.) - which was perhaps prepared for liturgical use - as too sacred and too private to suit a public occasion. 18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.
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