Psalm 18
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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! 1I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
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. 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 called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies. 3I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
4The waves of death engulfed me, the currents of chaos overwhelmed me. 4The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me.
5The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, the snares of death trapped me. 5The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.
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. 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.
7The earth heaved and shook; the roots of the mountains trembled; they heaved because he was angry. 7Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of his anger.
8Smoke ascended from his nose; fire devoured as it came from his mouth; he hurled down fiery coals. 8Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
9He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet. 9He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
10He mounted a winged angel and flew; he glided on the wings of the wind. 10Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.
11He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds. 11He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
12From the brightness in front of him came hail and fiery coals. 12Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals.
13The LORD thundered in the sky; the sovereign One shouted. 13The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals.
14He shot his arrows and scattered them, many lightning bolts and routed them. 14He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused.
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. 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 reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me from the surging water. 16He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me. 17He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18They confronted me in my day of calamity, but the LORD helped me. 18They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me.
19He brought me out into a wide open place; he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 19He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.
20The LORD repaid me for my godly deeds; he rewarded my blameless behavior. 20The LORD rewarded me for doing right; he restored me because of my innocence.
21For I have obeyed the LORD's commands; I have not rebelled against my God. 21For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
22For I am aware of all his regulations, and I do not reject his rules. 22I have followed all his regulations; I have never abandoned his decrees.
23I was innocent before him, and kept myself from sinning. 23I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.
24The LORD rewarded me for my godly deeds; he took notice of my blameless behavior. 24The LORD rewarded me for doing right. He has seen my innocence.
25You prove to be loyal to one who is faithful; you prove to be trustworthy to one who is innocent. 25To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity.
26You prove to be reliable to one who is blameless, but you prove to be deceptive to one who is perverse. 26To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27For you deliver oppressed people, but you bring down those who have a proud look. 27You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.
28Indeed, you are my lamp, LORD. My God illuminates the darkness around me. 28You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
29Indeed, with your help I can charge against an army; by my God's power I can jump over a wall. 29In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
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. 30God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31Indeed, who is God besides the LORD? Who is a protector besides our God? 31For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
32The one true God gives me strength; he removes the obstacles in my way. 32God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
33He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 33He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 34He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail. 35You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.
36You widen my path; my feet do not slip. 36You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
37I chase my enemies and catch them; I do not turn back until I wipe them out. 37I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.
38I beat them to death; they fall at my feet. 38I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.
39You give me strength for battle; you make my foes kneel before me. 39You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
40You make my enemies retreat; I destroy those who hate me. 40You placed my foot on their necks. I have destroyed all who hated me.
41They cry out, but there is no one to help them; they cry out to the LORD, but he does 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 grind them as fine windblown dust; I beat them underfoot like clay in the streets. 42I ground them as fine as dust in the wind. I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
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. 43You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me.
44When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. Foreigners are powerless before me; 44As soon as they hear of me, they submit; foreign nations cringe before me.
45foreigners lose their courage; they shake with fear as they leave their strongholds. 45They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds.
46The LORD is alive! My protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king! 46The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!
47The one true God completely vindicates me; he makes nations submit to me. 47He is the God who pays back those who harm me; he subdues the nations under me
48He delivers me from my enemies; you snatch me away from those who attack me; you rescue me from violent men. 48and rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents.
49So I will give you thanks before the nations, O LORD! I will sing praises to you! 49For this, O LORD, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing praises to your name.
50He gives his chosen king magnificent victories; he is faithful to his chosen ruler, to David and his descendants 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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