Psalm 18:1-19 NIV

18:Title-50pp -- 2Sa 22:1-51

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.= He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.1

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2 The LORD is my rock,2 my fortress3 and my deliverer;4 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.5 He is my shield6 and the horna of my salvation,7 my stronghold.

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    • a 18:2 - "Horn" here symbolizes strength.
      3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,8 and I am saved from my enemies.9

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      4 The cords of death10 entangled me; the torrents11 of destruction overwhelmed me.

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      5 The cords of the graveb coiled around me; the snares of death12 confronted me.

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        • b 18:5 - Hebrew "Sheol"
          6 In my distress13 I called to the LORD;14 I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice;15 my cry came16 before him, into his ears.

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          7 The earth trembled17 and quaked,18 and the foundations of the mountains shook;19 they trembled because he was angry.20

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          8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;21 consuming fire22 came from his mouth, burning coals23 blazed out of it.

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          9 He parted the heavens and came down;24 dark clouds25 were under his feet.

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          10 He mounted the cherubim26 and flew; he soared27 on the wings of the wind.28

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          11 He made darkness his covering,29 his canopy30 around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

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          12 Out of the brightness of his presence31 clouds advanced, with hailstones32 and bolts of lightning.33

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          13 The LORD thundered34 from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.c

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            • c 18:13 - Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts "resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning"
              14 He shot his arrows35 and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning36 and routed them.37

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              15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations38 of the earth laid bare at your rebuke,39 O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.40

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              16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.41

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              17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,42 from my foes, who were too strong for me.43

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              18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,44 but the LORD was my support.45

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              19 He brought me out into a spacious place;46 he rescued me because he delighted in me.47

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