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Psalm 18 (New International Version)

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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 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. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,8 and I am saved from my enemies.9 4 The cords of death10 entangled me; the torrents11 of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the graveb coiled around me; the snares of death12 confronted me. 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. 7 The earth trembled17 and quaked,18 and the foundations of the mountains shook;19 they trembled because he was angry.20 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;21 consuming fire22 came from his mouth, burning coals23 blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down;24 dark clouds25 were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim26 and flew; he soared27 on the wings of the wind.28 11 He made darkness his covering,29 his canopy30 around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence31 clouds advanced, with hailstones32 and bolts of lightning.33 13 The LORD thundered34 from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.c 14 He shot his arrows35 and scattered [the enemies], great bolts of lightning36 and routed them.37 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 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.41 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,42 from my foes, who were too strong for me.43 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,44 but the LORD was my support.45 19 He brought me out into a spacious place;46 he rescued me because he delighted in me.47 20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;48 according to the cleanness of my hands49 he has rewarded me.50 21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;51 I have not done evil by turning52 from my God. 22 All his laws are before me;53 I have not turned away from his decrees. 23 I have been blameless54 before him and have kept myself from sin. 24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,55 according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 25 To the faithful56 you show yourself faithful,57 to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 26 to the pure58 you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.59 27 You save the humble60 but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.61 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp62 burning; my God turns my darkness into light.63 29 With your help64 I can advance against a troopd; with my God I can scale a wall. 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. 31 For who is God besides the LORD?69 And who is the Rock70 except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength71 and makes my way perfect.72 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;73 he enables me to stand on the heights.74 34 He trains my hands for battle;75 my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains76 me; you stoop down to make me great. 36 You broaden the path77 beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.78 37 I pursued my enemies79 and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. 38 I crushed them80 so that they could not rise;81 they fell beneath my feet.82 39 You armed me with strength83 for battle; you made my adversaries bow84 at my feet. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs85 in flight, and I destroyed86 my foes. 41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them87-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.88 42 I beat them as fine as dust89 borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets. 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. 44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners92 cringe before me. 45 They all lose heart;93 they come trembling94 from their strongholds.95 46 The LORD lives!96 Praise be to my Rock!97 Exalted be God98 my Savior!99 47 He is the God who avenges100 me, who subdues nations101 under me, 48 who saves102 me from my enemies.103 You exalted me above my foes; from violent men104 you rescued me. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations,105 O LORD; I will sing106 praises to your name.107 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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