Psalm 18 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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              20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;48 according to the cleanness of my hands49 he has rewarded me.50

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              21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;51 I have not done evil by turning52 from my God.

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              22 All his laws are before me;53 I have not turned away from his decrees.

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              23 I have been blameless54 before him and have kept myself from sin.

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              24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,55 according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

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              25 To the faithful56 you show yourself faithful,57 to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

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              26 to the pure58 you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.59

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              27 You save the humble60 but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.61

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              28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp62 burning; my God turns my darkness into light.63

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              29 With your help64 I can advance against a troopd; with my God I can scale a wall.

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                • d 18:29 - Or "can run through a barricade"
                  30 As for God, his way is perfect;65 the word of the LORD is flawless.66 He is a shield67 for all who take refuge68 in him.

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                  31 For who is God besides the LORD?69 And who is the Rock70 except our God?

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                  32 It is God who arms me with strength71 and makes my way perfect.72

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                  33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;73 he enables me to stand on the heights.74

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                  34 He trains my hands for battle;75 my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

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                  35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains76 me; you stoop down to make me great.

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                  36 You broaden the path77 beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.78

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                  37 I pursued my enemies79 and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

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                  38 I crushed them80 so that they could not rise;81 they fell beneath my feet.82

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                  39 You armed me with strength83 for battle; you made my adversaries bow84 at my feet.

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                      40 You made my enemies turn their backs85 in flight, and I destroyed86 my foes.

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                      41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them87-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.88

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                      42 I beat them as fine as dust89 borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets.

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                      43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations;90 people I did not know91 are subject to me.

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                      44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners92 cringe before me.

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                      45 They all lose heart;93 they come trembling94 from their strongholds.95

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                      46 The LORD lives!96 Praise be to my Rock!97 Exalted be God98 my Savior!99

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                      47 He is the God who avenges100 me, who subdues nations101 under me,

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                          48 who saves102 me from my enemies.103 You exalted me above my foes; from violent men104 you rescued me.

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                          49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations,105 O LORD; I will sing106 praises to your name.107

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                          50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,108 to David109 and his descendants forever.110

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