The LORD Praised for Giving Deliverance.

1 "I love You, O LORD, my strength."

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2 The LORD is 1my rock and 2my fortress and my 3deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My 4shield and the 5horn of my salvation, my 6stronghold.

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3 I call upon the LORD, who is 7worthy to be praised, And I am 8saved from my enemies.

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4 The 9cords of death encompassed me, And the 10torrents of ungodliness terrified me.

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    • b 18:4 - Or "destruction;" Heb "Belial"
    • c 18:4 - Or "were assailing" or "terrifying"
      5 The 11cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

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        • d 18:5 - I.e. the nether world
          6 In my 12distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice 13out of His temple, And my 14cry for help before Him came into His ears.

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          7 Then the 15earth shook and quaked; And the 16foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.

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          8 Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And 17fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

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            • e 18:8 - Or "in His wrath"
              9 He 18bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick 19darkness under His feet.

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              10 He rode upon a 20cherub and flew; And He sped upon the 21wings of the wind.

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              11 He made 22darkness His hiding place, 23His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

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                • f 18:11 - Or "pavilion"
                  12 From the 24brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and 25coals of fire.

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                  13 The LORD also 26thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.

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                  14 He 27sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

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                    • g 18:14 - Lit "confused"
                      15 Then the 28channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your 29rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the 30breath of Your nostrils.

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                        • h 18:15 - Or "uncovered"
                          16 He 31sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of 32many waters.

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                          17 He 33delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were 34too mighty for me.

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                          18 They confronted me in 35the day of my calamity, But 36the LORD was my stay.

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                          19 He brought me forth also into a 37broad place; He rescued me, because 38He delighted in me.

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                          20 The LORD has 39rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the 40cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

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                          21 For I have 41kept the ways of the LORD, And have 42not wickedly departed from my God.

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                          22 For all 43His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His 44statutes from me.

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                          23 I was also 45blameless with Him, And I 46kept myself from my iniquity.

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                            • i 18:23 - Lit "complete;" or "having integrity;" or "perfect"
                              24 Therefore the LORD has 47recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

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                              25 With 48the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless 49You show Yourself blameless;

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                              26 With the pure You show Yourself 50pure, And with the crooked 51You show Yourself astute.

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                              27 For You 52save an afflicted people, But 53haughty eyes You abase.

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                              28 For You 54light my lamp; The LORD my God 55illumines my darkness.

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                              29 For by You I can 56run upon a troop; And by my God I can 57leap over a wall.

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                                • l 18:29 - Or "crush a troop"
                                  30 As for God, His way is 58blameless; The 59word of the LORD is tried; He is a 60shield to all who take refuge in Him.

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                                  31 For 61who is God, but the LORD? And who is a 62rock, except our God,

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                                  32 The God who 63girds me with strength And makes my way 64blameless?

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                                    • n 18:32 - Or "has made"
                                    • o 18:32 - Lit "complete;" or "having integrity"
                                      33 He 65makes my feet like hinds' feet, And 66sets me upon my high places.

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                                      34 He 67trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can 68bend a bow of bronze.

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                                      35 You have also given me 69the shield of Your salvation, And Your 70right hand upholds me; And 71Your gentleness makes me great.

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                                        • p 18:35 - Or "condescension"
                                          36 You 72enlarge my steps under me, And my 73feet have not slipped.

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                                          37 I 74pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back 75until they were consumed.

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                                          38 I shattered them, so that they were 76not able to rise; They fell 77under my feet.

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                                          39 For You have 78girded me with strength for battle; You have 79subdued under me those who rose up against me.

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                                            • r 18:39 - Lit "caused to bow down"
                                              40 You have also made my enemies 80turn their backs to me, And I 81destroyed those who hated me.

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                                                • s 18:40 - Or "silenced"
                                                  41 They cried for help, but there was 82none to save, Even to the LORD, but 83He did not answer them.

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                                                  42 Then I beat them fine as the 84dust before * the wind; I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

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                                                  43 You have delivered me from the 85contentions of the people; You have placed me as 86head of the nations; A 87people whom I have not known serve me.

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                                                  44 As soon as they hear *, they obey me; Foreigners * 88submit to me.

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                                                    • t 18:44 - Lit "deceive me;" i.e. give feigned obedience
                                                      45 Foreigners * 89fade away, And 90come trembling out of their fortresses.

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                                                        • u 18:45 - Lit "fastnesses"
                                                          46 The LORD 91lives, and blessed be 92my rock; And exalted be 93the God of my salvation,

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                                                          47 The God who 94executes vengeance for me, And 95subdues peoples under me.

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                                                          48 He 96delivers me from my enemies; Surely You 97lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the 98violent man.

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                                                          49 Therefore * I will 99give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, And I will 100sing praises to Your name.

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                                                          50 He gives great 101deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to 102His anointed, To David and 103his descendants forever *.

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                                                            • v 18:50 - I.e. victories; lit "salvations"
                                                            • w 18:50 - Lit "seed"