Psalm 144 NIV

Of David.

1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock,1 who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

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2 He is my loving God and my fortress,2 my stronghold3 and my deliverer, my shield,4 in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoplesa5 under me.

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    • a 144:2 - Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Jerome and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text "subdues my people"
      3 O LORD, what is man6 that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?

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      4 Man is like a breath;7 his days are like a fleeting shadow.8

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      5 Part your heavens,9 O LORD, and come down;10 touch the mountains, so that they smoke.11

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      6 Send forth lightning12 and scatter13 [the enemies]; shoot your arrows14 and rout them.

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      7 Reach down your hand from on high;15 deliver me and rescue me16 from the mighty waters,17 from the hands of foreigners18

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      8 whose mouths are full of lies,19 whose right hands20 are deceitful.21

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      9 I will sing a new song22 to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre23 I will make music to you,

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      10 to the One who gives victory to kings,24 who delivers his servant David25 from the deadly sword.26

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      11 Deliver me and rescue me27 from the hands of foreigners28 whose mouths are full of lies,29 whose right hands are deceitful.30

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      12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants,31 and our daughters will be like pillars32 carved to adorn a palace.

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      13 Our barns will be filled33 with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;

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      14 our oxen34 will draw heavy loads.b There will be no breaching of walls,35 no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.36

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        • b 144:14 - Or "our chieftains will be firmly established"
          15 Blessed are the people37 of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.

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