Psalm 18
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Yahweh Is My Rock and My Fortress

For the choir director. Of the servant of Yahweh, of David, [†]who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

1He said, “I love You, O Yahweh, my strength.”

2Yahweh 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.

3I call upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,

And I am saved from my enemies.

4The cords of death encompassed me,

And the torrents of vileness [†]terrified me.

5The cords of Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

6In my distress I called upon Yahweh,

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.

7Then the earth shook and quaked;

And the foundations of the mountains were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.

8Smoke went up [†]out of His nostrils,

And fire from His mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it.

9He bowed the heavens and came down

With thick darkness under His feet.

10He rode upon a cherub and flew;

And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

11He made darkness His hiding place, His [†]canopy around Him,

Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

12From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

13Yahweh also thundered in the heavens,

And the Most High gave forth His voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

14He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,

And lightning flashes in abundance, and [†]threw them into confusion.

15Then the channels of water appeared,

And the foundations of the world were [†]laid bare

At Your rebuke, O Yahweh,

At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16He sent from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.

17He delivered me from my strong enemy,

And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

18They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

But Yahweh was my support.

19He brought me forth also into a broad place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

20Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

21For I have kept the ways of Yahweh,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

22For all His judgments were before me,

And I did not put away His statutes from me.

23I was also [†]blameless with Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.

24Therefore Yahweh has recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to the cleanness of my hands before His eyes.

25With the [†]kind You show Yourself kind;

With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;

26With the pure You show Yourself pure,

And with the crooked You show Yourself [†]astute.

27For You save an afflicted people,

But eyes which are lifted up, You bring down.

28For You light my lamp;

Yahweh my God illumines my darkness.

29For by You I can [†]run upon a troop;

And by my God I can leap over a wall.

30As for God, His way is [†]blameless;

The word of Yahweh is [†]tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

31For who is God, but Yahweh?

And who is a rock, except our God,

32The God who girds me with strength

And [†]makes my way [†]blameless?

33He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me upon my high places.

34He trains my hands for battle,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,

And Your right hand upholds me;

And Your [†]gentleness makes me great.

36You enlarge my steps under me,

And my ankles have not given way.

37I pursued my enemies and overtook them,

And I did not turn back until they were consumed.

38I crushed them, so that they were not able to rise;

They fell under my feet.

39For You have girded me with strength for battle;

You have [†]subdued under me those who rose up against me.

40[†]You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,

And I [†]destroyed those who hated me.

41They cried for help, but there was none to save,

Even to Yahweh, but He did not answer them.

42Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind;

I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

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.

44As soon as they hear, they obey me;

Foreigners [†]cower before me.

45Foreigners fade away,

And come trembling out of their [†]fortresses.

46Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock;

And let the God of my salvation be lifted high,

47The God who executes vengeance for me,

And subdues peoples under me.

48Who delivers me from my enemies;

Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;

You rescue me from the violent man.

49Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Yahweh,

And I will sing praises to Your name.

50He gives great [†]salvation to His king,

And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,

To David and his seed forever.

Title 2 Sam 22:1-51
2 Or crag
4 Or were assailing
8 Or in His wrath
11 Or pavilion
14 Or routed them
15 Or uncovered
23 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
25 Or holy one
26 Lit twisted
29 Or crush a troop
30 v 23, note 1
30 Or tested, cf. Prov 30:5
32 Or has made
32 Or having integrity; lit complete
35 Or condescension
39 Lit caused to bow down
40 Lit And as for my enemies, You have given me their necks
40 Or silenced
44 Give feigned obedience; lit deceive me
45 Lit fastnesses
50 Lit salvations

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