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Psalm 18 (English Standard Version)

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The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my 1rock and my 2fortress and my deliverer, my God, my 3rock, in 4whom I take refuge, my 5shield, and 6the horn of my salvation, my 7stronghold. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is 8worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 4 9The cords of death encompassed me; 10the torrents of destruction assailed me;a 5 11the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 12In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his 13temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. 7 Then the earth 14reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. 8 Smoke went up from his nostrils,b and devouring 15fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. 9 He 16bowed the heavens and 17came down; 18thick darkness was under his feet. 10 He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on 19the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his 20canopy around him, thick clouds 21dark with water. 12 Out of the brightness before him 22hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds. 13 The LORD also 23thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his 24voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 14 And he sent out his 25arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and 26routed them. 15 Then 27the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your 28rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of 29the breath of your nostrils. 16 He 30sent from on high, he took me; he 31drew me out of 32many waters. 17 He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were 33too mighty for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. 19 He brought me out into 34a broad place; he rescued me, because he 35delighted in me. 20 The LORD dealt with me 36according to my righteousness; according to 37the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. 21 For I have 38kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For 39all his rulesc were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me. 23 I was 40blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt. 24 So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 25 With 41the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; 26 with the purified you show yourself pure; and with 42the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. 27 For you save 43a humble people, but 44the haughty eyes you bring down. 28 For it is you who light my 45lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. 29 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can 46leap over 47a wall. 30 This God--his way is 48perfect;d the word of the LORD 49 proves true; he is 50a shield for all those who 51take refuge in him. 31 For 52who is God, but the LORD? And who is 53a rock, except our God?-- 32 the God who 54equipped me with strength and made my way 55blameless. 33 He made my feet like the feet of a 56deer and set me secure on 57the heights. 34 He 58trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand 59supported me, and your 60gentleness made me great. 36 You 61gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. 38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. 39 For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. 40 You made my enemies 62turn their backs to me,e and those who hated me I destroyed. 41 63They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them. 42 I beat them fine as 64dust before the wind; I cast them out like 65the mire of the streets. 43 You delivered me from 66strife with the people; you made me 67the head of the nations; 68people whom I had not known served me. 44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; 69foreigners 70came cringing to me. 45 71Foreigners lost heart and 72came trembling out of their fortresses. 46 The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation-- 47 the God who gave me vengeance and 73subdued peoples under me, 48 who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you 74exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from 75the man of violence. 49 76For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and 77sing to your name. 50 Great 78salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his 79anointed, to 80David and his offspring forever.
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