The Bible : English > The book of Psalms > Chapter 18
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1 I love you, The LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
3 I will call on The LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
5 The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came on me.
6 In my distress I called on The LORD, And cried to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple, My cry before him came into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, Because he was angry.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, Fire out of his mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion around him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the sky, The Most High uttered his voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yes, lightnings manifold, and routed them.
15 Then the channels of waters appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare, At your rebuke, The LORD, At the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
16 He sent from on high. He took me. He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.
18 They came on me in the day of my calamity, But The LORD was my support.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place. He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of The LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his ordinances were before me. I didn`t put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.
24 Therefore has The LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.
26 With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.
27 For you will save the afflicted people, But the haughty eyes you will bring down.
28 For you will light my lamp. The LORD, my God, will light up my darkness.
29 For by you, I advance through a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect. The word of The LORD is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God, except The LORD? Who is a rock, besides our God,
32 The God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?
33 He makes my feet like hinds` feet, And sets me on my high places.
34 He teaches my hands to war; So that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have also given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand sustains me. Your gentleness has made me great.
36 You have enlarged my steps under me, My feet have not slipped.
37 I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them. Neither will I turn again until they are consumed.
38 I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise. They shall fall under my feet.
39 For you have girded me with strength to the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, That I might cut off those who hate me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save; Even to The LORD, but he didn`t answer them.
42 Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind. I cast them out as the mire of the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.
45 The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their close places.
46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock. Exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 Even the God who executes vengeance for me, And subdues peoples under me.
48 He rescues me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man.
49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, The LORD, among the nations, And will sing praises to your name.
50 He gives great deliverance to his king, And shows lovingkindness to his anointed, To David and to his seed, forevermore. Psalm 19 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.