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Psalm 18 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love thee, O LORD, my strength. 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 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 upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me; 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him 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 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He bowed the heavens, and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub, and flew; he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering around him, his canopy thick clouds dark with water. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness before him there broke through his clouds hailstones and coals of fire. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning and routed them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare, at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy 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 He reached from on high, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They came upon me in the day of my calamity; but the LORD was my stay. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me forth into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me. 20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God.
22 For all his ordinances were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me. 22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt. 23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 With the loyal thou dost show thyself loyal; with the blameless man thou dost show thyself blameless; 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 with the pure thou dost show thyself pure; and with the crooked thou dost show thyself perverse. 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 For thou dost deliver a humble people; but the haughty eyes thou dost bring down. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 Yea, thou dost light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 Yea, by thee I can crush a troop; and by 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 This God--his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those 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 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? -- 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe. 32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33 He made my feet like hinds' feet, and set me secure on the heights. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand supported me, and thy help 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 Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. 36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; and did not turn back till they were consumed. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. 38 I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
39 For thou didst gird me with strength for the battle; thou didst make my assailants sink under me. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 Thou didst make my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save, they cried to the LORD, but he did not 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 fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets. 42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets.
43 Thou didst deliver me from strife with the peoples; thou didst make me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served 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 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me.
45 Foreigners lost heart, and came trembling out of their fastnesses. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation, 46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
47 the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me; 47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
48 who delivered me from my enemies; yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries; thou didst deliver me from men of violence. 48 who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
49 For this I will extol thee, O LORD, among the nations, and sing praises to thy name. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.
50 Great triumphs he gives to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his descendants for ever. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.