Psalms 18:6-19

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 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.[a]
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
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 powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

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Psalms 18:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
ESV
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
NLT
6 But in my distress I cried out to the LORD ; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
MSG
6 A hostile world! I call to God, I cry to God to help me. From his palace he hears my call; my cry brings me right into his presence - a private audience!
CSB
6 I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.

Psalms 18:6-19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 18:6-19 In-Context

4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
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 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
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 powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.

Cross References 35

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:30
  • 2. Psalms 30:2; Psalms 99:6; Psalms 102:2; Psalms 120:1
  • 3. Psalms 66:19; Psalms 116:1; Psalms 34:15
  • 4. S Job 16:18
  • 5. Psalms 97:4; Isaiah 5:25; Isaiah 64:3
  • 6. S Judges 5:4
  • 7. S Judges 5:5
  • 8. S Job 9:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Psalms 68:7-8
  • 9. S Job 41:20
  • 10. S Exodus 15:7; S Exodus 19:18; S Job 41:21; Psalms 50:3; Psalms 97:3; Daniel 7:10
  • 11. Proverbs 25:22; Romans 12:20
  • 12. S Genesis 11:5; S Psalms 57:3; Psalms 144:5
  • 13. S Exodus 20:21; S Deuteronomy 33:26; S Psalms 104:3
  • 14. S Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 10:18; Psalms 80:1
  • 15. S Deuteronomy 33:26
  • 16. Psalms 104:3
  • 17. S Exodus 19:9; S Deuteronomy 4:11; Psalms 97:2
  • 18. S Job 22:14; Isaiah 4:5; Jeremiah 43:10
  • 19. Psalms 104:2
  • 20. S Joshua 10:11
  • 21. S Job 36:30; Psalms 97:3
  • 22. S Exodus 9:23; S 1 Samuel 2:10; Psalms 29:3; Psalms 104:7
  • 23. S Deuteronomy 32:23
  • 24. S Job 36:30; Revelation 4:5
  • 25. S Judges 4:15; Psalms 144:6
  • 26. S Psalms 11:3
  • 27. Psalms 76:6; Psalms 104:7; Psalms 106:9; Isaiah 50:2
  • 28. S Exodus 15:8
  • 29. Exodus 15:5; Psalms 69:2; Proverbs 18:4; Proverbs 20:5; Psalms 144:7
  • 30. ver 48; Psalms 38:19; Psalms 59:1; Psalms 143:9
  • 31. S Judges 18:26; Psalms 35:10
  • 32. Proverbs 1:27; Proverbs 16:4; Jeremiah 17:17; Jeremiah 40:2; Obadiah 1:13
  • 33. Psalms 20:2; Isaiah 3:1; Psalms 59:16
  • 34. Psalms 31:8
  • 35. S Numbers 14:8; Psalms 118:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts "resounded," / "amid hailstones and bolts of lightning"
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