Psalm 144 (English Standard Version)

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My Rock and My Fortress

1 Blessed be the LORD, my 1rock, 2who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; 2 he is my 3steadfast love and my 4fortress, my 5stronghold and my deliverer, my 6shield and he in whom I take refuge, who 7subdues peoplesa under me. 3 O LORD, 8what is man that you 9regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? 4 10Man is like a breath; his days are like 11a passing 12shadow. 5 13Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! 14Touch the mountains so that they smoke! 6 15Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; 16send out your arrows and rout them! 7 17Stretch out your hand from on high; 18rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand 19of foreigners, 8 whose mouths speak 20lies and whose right hand is 21a right hand of falsehood. 9 I will sing 22a new song to you, O God; upon 23a ten-stringed harp I will play to you, 10 who gives victory to kings, who 24rescues David his servant from the cruel sword. 11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand 25of foreigners, whose mouths speak 26lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 12 May our sons in their youth be like 27plants full grown, our daughters like 28corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; 13 29may our granaries be full, 30providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;b may there be no 31cry of distress in our streets! 15 32Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! 33Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!
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