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Psalm 18 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength 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 The LORD should be praised. I called on him, 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 The ropes of death had become tangled around me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The ropes of the grave had surrounded me. The clutches of death had confronted me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 I called on the LORD in my distress. I cried to my God for help. He heard my voice from his temple, and 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 Then the earth shook and quaked. Even the foundations of the mountains trembled. They shook violently 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 a raging fire came out of his mouth. Glowing coals flared up from it. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He spread apart the heavens 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 rode on one of the angels as he flew, and he soared on the wings of the wind. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made the darkness his hiding place, the dark rain clouds his covering. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness in front of him, those rain clouds passed by with hailstones and lightning. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered in the heavens. The Most High made his voice heard with hailstones and lightning. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered them. He flashed streaks of lightning and threw them into confusion. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning and routed them.
15 Then the ocean floor could be seen. The foundations of the earth were laid bare at your stern warning, O LORD, at the blast of the breath 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 He reached down from high above and took hold of me. He pulled me out of the raging water. 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 strong enemy and from those who hated me, because they were too strong for me. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 On the day when I faced disaster, they confronted me, but the LORD came to my defense. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued 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 rewarded me because of my righteousness, because my hands are clean. He paid me back 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 ways of the LORD and I have not wickedly 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 because all his judgments are in front of me and I have not turned away from his laws. 22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I was innocent as far as he was concerned. I have kept myself from guilt. 23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD paid me back because of my righteousness, because he can see that my hands are clean. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 [In dealing] with faithful people you are faithful, with innocent people you are innocent, 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 with pure people you are pure. [In dealing] with devious people you are clever. 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save humble people, but you bring down a conceited look. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 O LORD, you light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With you I can attack a line of soldiers. With my God I can break through barricades. 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 promise of the LORD has proven to be true. He is a shield to 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 Who is God but the LORD? Who is a rock except our God? 31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 32 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like those of a deer and gives me sure footing on high 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 for battle so that my arms can bend an [archer's] bow of bronze. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand supports me. Your gentleness makes 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 make a wide path for me to walk on so that my feet do not slip. 36 You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
37 I chased my enemies and caught up with them. I did not return until I had ended their lives. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I wounded them so badly that they were unable to get up. They fell under my feet. 38 I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle. You made my opponents bow at my feet. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and I destroyed those who hated me. 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 cried out 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 into a powder as fine as the dust blown by the wind. I threw them out as though they were dirt on 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 rescued me from my conflicts with the people. You made me the leader of nations. A people I did not know will 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 As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me. Foreigners will cringe in front of me. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me.
45 Foreigners will lose heart, and they will tremble when they come out of their fortifications. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
46 The LORD lives! Thanks be to my rock! May God my Savior be honored. 46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
47 God gives me vengeance! He brings people under my authority. 47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
48 He saves me from my enemies. You lift me up above my opponents. You rescue 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 is why I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the nations and make music to praise your name. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.
50 He gives great victories to his king. He shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his descendant forever. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.