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David’s Song of Deliverance

1 And David spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
3 my1 God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.
4 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
5 “For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me;2
6 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
7 “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.
8 “Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
9 Smoke went up from his nostrils,3 and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.
10 He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.
11 He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.
13 Out of the brightness before him coals of fire flamed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and routed them.
16 Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 “He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
18 He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
21 “The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his rules were before me, and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
24 I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.
25 And the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.
26 “With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
27 with the purified you deal purely, and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
28 You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
29 For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.
30 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
31 This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
32 “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?
33 This God is my strong refuge and has made my4 way blameless.5
34 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
35 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your gentleness made me great.
37 You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet6 did not slip;
38 I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, and did not turn back until they were consumed.
39 I consumed them; I thrust them through, so that they did not rise; they fell under my feet.
40 For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs to me,7 those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
43 I beat them fine as the dust of the earth; I crushed them and stamped them down like the mire of the streets.
44 “You delivered me from strife with my people;8 you kept me as the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.
45 Foreigners came cringing to me; as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
46 Foreigners lost heart and came trembling9 out of their fortresses.
47 “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
48 the God who gave me vengeance and brought down peoples under me,
49 who brought me out from my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from men of violence.
50 “For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.
51 Great salvation he brings10 to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.”
1 Septuagint (compare Psalm 18:2); Hebrew lacks my
2 Or terrified me
3 Or in his wrath
4 Or his; also verse 34
5 Compare Psalm 18:32; Hebrew he has blamelessly set my way free, or he has made my way spring up blamelessly
6 Hebrew ankles
7 Or You gave me my enemies’ necks
8 Septuagint with the peoples
9 Compare Psalm 18:45; Hebrew equipped themselves
10 Or He is a tower of salvation

David’s Song of Praise

1 David 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.
2 He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield1 and the horn2 of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.
4 “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.
5 The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
6 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
7 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens3 shook; they trembled because he was angry.
9 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared4 on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark5 rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.
17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
21 “The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God.
23 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
24 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
25 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness6 in his sight.
26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
28 You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop7; with my God I can scale a wall.
31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength8 and keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You make your saving help my shield; your help has made9 me great.
37 You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
38 “I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the Lord, but he did not answer.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.
44 “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,
45 foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
46 They all lose heart; they come trembling10 from their strongholds.
47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,
49 who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
51 “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”
1 Or sovereign
2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
3 Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:7) mountains
4 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared
5 Septuagint (see also Psalm 18:11); Hebrew massed
6 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:24) to the cleanness of my hands
7 Or can run through a barricade
8 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
9 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; you stoop down to make
10 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves
1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds'feet : and setteth me upon my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
1 Or sovereign
2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
3 Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:7) mountains
4 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared
5 Septuagint (see also Psalm 18:11); Hebrew massed
6 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:24) to the cleanness of my hands
7 Or can run through a barricade
8 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
9 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; you stoop down to make
10 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves

David Sings Praises to the Lord

1 David sang the words of this song to the Lord. He sang them when the Lord saved him from the powerful hand of all of his enemies and of Saul.
2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me.
3 My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He's the power that saves me. He's my place of safety. I go to him for help. He's my Savior. He saves me from those who want to hurt me.
4 I call out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise. He saves me from my enemies.
5 “The waves of death were all around me. A destroying flood swept over me.
6 The ropes of the grave were tight around me. Death set its trap in front of me.
7 When I was in trouble I called out to the Lord. I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice. My cry for help reached his ears.
8 “The earth trembled and shook. The pillars of the heavens rocked back and forth. They trembled because the Lord was angry.
9 Smoke came out of his nose. Flames of fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He opened the heavens and came down. Dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He got on the cherubim and flew. The wings of the wind lifted him up.
12 He covered himself with darkness. The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him.
13 From the brightness that was all around him flashes of lightning blazed out.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven. The voice of the Most High God was heard.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered our enemies. He sent flashes of lightning and chased the enemies away.
16 The bottom of the sea could be seen. The foundations of the earth were uncovered. It happened when the Lord's anger blazed out. It came like a blast of breath from his nose.
17 “He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me. He lifted me out of deep waters.
18 He saved me from my powerful enemies. He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
19 They stood up to me when I was in trouble. But the Lord helped me.
20 He brought me out into a wide and safe place. He saved me because he was pleased with me.
21 “The Lord has been good to me because I do what is right. He has rewarded me because I lead a pure life.
22 I have lived the way the Lord wanted me to. I haven't done evil by turning away from my God.
23 I keep all of his laws in mind. I haven't turned away from his commands.
24 He knows that I am without blame. He knows I've kept myself from sinning.
25 The Lord has rewarded me for doing what is right. He has rewarded me because I haven't done anything wrong.
26 “Lord, to those who are faithful you show that you are faithful. To those who are without blame you show that you are without blame.
27 To those who are pure you show that you are pure. But to those whose paths are crooked you show that you are clever.
28 You save those who aren't proud. But you watch the proud to bring them down.
29 Lord, you are my lamp. You bring light into my darkness.
30 With your help I can attack a troop of soldiers. With the help of my God I can climb over a wall.
31 “God's way is perfect. The word of the Lord doesn't have any flaws. He is like a shield to all who go to him for safety.
32 Who is God except the Lord? Who is the Rock except our God?
33 God gives me strength for the battle. He makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He helps me stand on the highest places.
35 He trains my hands to fight every battle. My arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. You help me win the battle. You bend down to make me great.
37 You give me a wide path to walk in so that I don't twist my ankles.
38 “I chased my enemies and crushed them. I didn't turn back until they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely so that they couldn't get up. They fell under my feet.
40 Lord, you gave me strength to fight the battle. You made my enemies bow down at my feet.
41 You made them turn their backs and run away. So I destroyed my enemies.
42 They cried out for help. But there was no one to save them. They called out to you. But you didn't answer them.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth. I pounded them and walked on them like mud in the streets.
44 “You saved me when my own people attacked me. You have kept me as the ruler over nations. People I didn't know serve me now.
45 People from other lands bow down to me in fear. As soon as they hear me, they obey me.
46 All of them give up hope. They come trembling out of their hiding places.
47 “The Lord lives! Give praise to my Rock! Give honor to God, the Rock! He is my Savior!
48 He is the God who pays my enemies back. He brings the nations under my control.
49 He sets me free from my enemies. You have honored me more than them. You have saved me from men who want to hurt me.
50 Lord, I will praise you among the nations. I will sing praises to you.
51 You help me win great battles. You show your faithful love to your anointed king. You show it to me and my family forever.”
1 Or sovereign
2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
3 Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:7) mountains
4 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared
5 Septuagint (see also Psalm 18:11); Hebrew massed
6 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:24) to the cleanness of my hands
7 Or can run through a barricade
8 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
9 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; you stoop down to make
10 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves
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