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Psalm 18 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I love you, Lord. You give me strength. 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me. My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He's the power that saves me. He's 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 I call out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise. He saves me from my enemies. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The ropes of death were almost wrapped around me. A destroying flood swept over me. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The ropes of the grave were tight around me. Death set its trap in front of me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 When I was in trouble, I called out to the Lord. I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice. My cry for help 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 trembled and shook. The base of the mountains rocked back and forth. It trembled because the LORD was angry. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke came out of his nose. Flames of fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals blazed out of it. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He opened the heavens and came down. Dark clouds were under his feet. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He got on the cherubim and flew. The wings of the wind lifted him up. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He covered himself with darkness. The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Clouds came out of the brightness that was all around him. They came with hailstones and flashes of lightning. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered from heaven. The voice of the Most High God was heard. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered our enemies. He sent great flashes of lightning and chased the enemies away. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning and routed them.
15 The bottom of the sea could be seen. The foundations of the earth were uncovered. Lord, it happened when your anger blazed out. It came like a blast of breath from your nose. 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 He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me. He lifted me out of deep waters. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He saved me from my powerful enemies. He set me free from those who were too strong for me. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They stood up to me when I was in trouble. But the LORD helped me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a wide and safe place. He saved me because he was pleased with me. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD has been good to me because I do what is right. He has rewarded me because I lead a pure life. 20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 I have lived the way the LORD wanted me to. I haven't done evil by turning away from my God. 21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God.
22 I keep all of his laws in mind. I haven't turned away from his commands. 22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 He knows that I am without blame. He knows I've kept myself from sinning. 23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD has rewarded me for doing what is right. He has rewarded me because I haven't done anything wrong. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 LORD, to those who are faithful you show that you are faithful. To those who are without blame you show that you are without blame. 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 To those who are pure you show that you are pure. But to those whose paths are crooked you show that you are clever. 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save those who aren't proud. But you bring down those whose eyes are proud. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 Lord, you keep the lamp of my life burning brightly. You are my God. You bring light into my darkness. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can attack a troop of soldiers. With the help of my God I can climb over a wall. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
30 God's way is perfect. The word of the LORD doesn't have any flaws. He is like a shield to all who go to him for safety. 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 Who is God except the Lord? Who is the Rock except our God? 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 God gives me strength for the battle. He makes my way perfect. 32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He helps me stand on the highest places. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands to fight every battle. My arms can bend a bow of bronze. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. You help me win the battle. Your strong right hand keeps me going. You bend down to make 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 give me a wide path to walk on so that I don't twist my ankles. 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 turn back until they were destroyed. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they couldn't get up. They fell under my feet. 38 I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
39 Lord, you gave me strength to fight the battle. You made my enemies bow down at my feet. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 You made them turn their backs and run away. So I destroyed my enemies. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried out for help. But there was no one to save them. They called out to you. But you didn'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 beat them as fine as dust blown by the wind. I poured them out like mud 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 saved me when my own people attacked me. You made me the ruler over nations. People I didn't know serve me now. 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 As soon as they hear me, they obey me. People from other lands bow down to me in fear. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me.
45 All of them give up hope. They come trembling out of their hiding places. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
46 The LORD lives! Give praise to my Rock! Give honor to God my Savior! 46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He is the God who pays my enemies back. He brings the nations under my control. 47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
48 He saves me from my enemies. You have honored me more than them. You have saved me from men who want to hurt me. 48 who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
49 Lord, I will praise you among the nations. I will sing praises to you. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.
50 The LORD helps his king win great battles. He shows his faithful love to his anointed king. He shows it to me and my family forever. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.