Psalm 18 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He said: I love you, LORD, my strength. 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock— I take refuge in him!— he's my shield, my salvation's strength, my place of safety. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 Because he is praiseworthy, I cried out to the LORD, and I was saved from my enemies. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 Death's cords were wrapped around me; rivers of wickedness terrified me. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave surrounded me; death's traps held me tight. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I cried out to the LORD; I called to my God for help. God heard my voice from his temple; I called to him for help, and my call reached his ears. 6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth rocked and shook; the bases of the mountains trembled and reeled because of God's anger. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from God's nostrils; out of his mouth came a devouring fire; flaming coals blazed out in front of him! 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 God parted the skies and came down; thick darkness was beneath his feet. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 God mounted the heavenly creatures and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 God made darkness cloak him; his covering was dark water and dense cloud. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 God's clouds went ahead of the brightness before him; hail and coals of fire went too. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered in heaven; the Most High made his voice heard with hail and coals of fire. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 God shot his arrows, scattering the enemy; he sent the lightning and threw them into confusion. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning and routed them.
15 The seabeds were exposed; the earth's foundations were laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the angry blast of air coming from your nostrils. 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
16 From on high God reached down and grabbed me; he took me out of all that water. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 God saved me from my powerful enemy, saved me from my foes, who were too much for me. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They came at me on the very day of my distress, but the LORD was my support. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out to wide-open spaces; he pulled me out safe because he is pleased with me. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD rewarded me for my righteousness; he restored me because my hands are clean, 20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 because I have kept the LORD's ways. I haven't acted wickedly against my God. 21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God.
22 All his rules are right in front of me; I haven't turned away from any of his laws. 22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have lived with integrity before him; I've kept myself from wrongdoing. 23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 And so the LORD restored me for my righteousness because my hands are clean in his eyes. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 You deal faithfully with the faithful; you show integrity toward the one who has integrity. 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 You are pure toward the pure, but toward the crooked, you are tricky. 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 You are the one who saves people who suffer and brings down those with proud eyes. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You are the one who lights my lamp— the LORD my God illumines my darkness. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With you I can charge into battle; with my God I can leap over a wall. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
30 God! His way is perfect; the LORD's word is tried and true. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
31 Now really, who is divine except the LORD? And who is a rock but our God? 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 Only God! The God who equips me with strength and makes my way perfect, 32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33 who makes my step as sure as the deer's, who lets me stand securely on the heights, 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
34 who trains my hands for war so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You've given me the shield of your salvation; your strong hand has supported me; your help has made me great. 35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.
36 You've let me walk fast and safe, without even twisting an ankle. 36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
37 I chased my enemies and caught them! I didn't come home until I finished them off. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I struck them down; they couldn't get up again; they fell under my feet. 38 I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
39 You equipped me with strength for war; you brought my adversaries down underneath me. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 You made my enemies turn tail from me; I destroyed my foes. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them. They cried for help to the LORD, but he wouldn't answer them. 41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.
42 I crushed them like dust blown away by the wind; I threw them out like mud dumped in the streets. 42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets.
43 You delivered me from struggles with many people; you appointed me the leader of many nations. Strangers come to serve me. 43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations; people I did not know are subject to me.
44 After hearing about me, they obey me; foreigners grovel before me. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me.
45 Foreigners lose their nerve; they come trembling out of their fortresses. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
46 The LORD lives! Bless God, my rock! Let the God of my salvation be lifted high! 46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
47 This is the God who avenges on my behalf, who subdues people before me, 47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
48 who delivers me from my enemies. Yes, you lifted me high above my adversaries; you delivered me from violent people. 48 who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
49 That's why I thank you, LORD, in the presence of the nations. That's why I sing praises to your name. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.
50 You are the one who gives great victories to your king, who shows faithful love to your anointed one— to David and to his descendants forever. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.