Psalm 18 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. 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 to the Lord, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the Lord! 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The danger of death was all around me; the waves of destruction rolled over me. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The danger of death was around me, and the grave set its trap for me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my trouble I called to the Lord; I called to my God for help. In his temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help. 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 trembled and shook; the foundations of the mountains rocked and quivered, because God was angry. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke poured out of his nostrils, a consuming flame and burning coals from his mouth. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He tore the sky open and came down with a dark cloud under his feet. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He flew swiftly on his winged creature; he traveled on the wings of the wind. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He covered himself with darkness; thick clouds, full of water, surrounded him. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Hailstones and flashes of fire came from the lightning before him and broke through the dark clouds. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 Then the Lord thundered from the sky; and the voice of the Most High was heard. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; with flashes of lightning he sent them running. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning and routed them.
15 The floor of the ocean was laid bare, and the foundations of the earth were uncovered, when you rebuked your enemies, Lord, and roared at them in anger. 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 The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies and from all those who hate me - they were too strong for me. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 When I was in trouble, they attacked me, but the Lord protected me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He helped me out of danger; 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 rewards me because I do what is right; he blesses me because I am innocent. 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 obeyed the law of the Lord; I have not turned 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 have observed all his laws; I have not disobeyed his commands. 22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 He knows that I am faultless, that I have kept myself from doing wrong. 23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 And so he rewards me because I do what is right, because he knows that I am innocent. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 O Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful to you; completely good to those who are perfect. 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 You are pure to those who are pure, but hostile to those who are wicked. 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save those who are humble, but you humble those who are proud. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 O Lord, you give me light; you dispel my darkness. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 You give me strength to attack my enemies and power to overcome their defenses. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
30 This God - how perfect are his deeds! How dependable his words! He is like a shield for all who seek his protection. 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 The Lord alone is God; God alone is our defense. 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 He is the God who makes me strong, who makes my pathway safe. 32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me sure-footed as a deer; he keeps me safe on the mountains. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains me for battle, so that I can use the strongest bow. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 O Lord, you protect me and save me; your care has made me great, and your power has kept me safe. 35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.
36 You have kept me from being captured, and I have never fallen. 36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
37 I pursue my enemies and catch them; I do not stop until I destroy them. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I strike them down, and they cannot rise; they lie defeated before me. 38 I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
39 You give me strength for the battle and victory over my enemies. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 You make my enemies run from me; I destroy those who hate me. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cry for help, but no one saves them; they call to the Lord, but he does not answer. 41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.
42 I crush them, so that they become like dust which the wind blows away. I trample on them 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 from a rebellious people and made me ruler over the nations; people I did not know have now become my subjects. 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 Foreigners bow before me; when they hear me, they obey. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me.
45 They lose their courage and come trembling from their fortresses. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
46 The Lord lives! Praise my defender! Proclaim the greatness of the God who saves me. 46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He gives me victory over my enemies; he subdues the nations under me 47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
48 and saves me from my foes. O Lord, you give me victory over my enemies and protect me from violent people. 48 who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
49 And so I praise you among the nations; I sing praises to you. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.
50 God gives great victories to his king; he shows constant love to the one he has chosen, to David and his descendants forever. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.