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The LORD Praised for Giving Deliverance.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who F145 spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said,

1 "I love You, O LORD, my R383 strength."

2 The LORD is my R384 rock F146 and my R385 fortress and my deliverer, R386

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

My shield R387 and the horn R388 of my salvation, my stronghold. R389

3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy R390 to be praised,

And I am saved R391 from my enemies.

4 The cords R392 of death encompassed me,

And the torrents R393 of ungodliness F147 terrified F148 me.

5 The cords R394 of Sheol F149 surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress R395 I called upon the LORD,

And cried to my God for help;

He heard my voice out R396 of His temple,

And my cry R397 for help before Him came into His ears.

7 Then the earth R398 shook and quaked;

And the foundations R399 of the mountains were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.

8 Smoke went up out F150 of His nostrils,

And fire R400 from His mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it.

9 He bowed R401 the heavens also, and came down

With thick darkness R402 under His feet.

10 He rode upon a cherub R403 and flew;

And He sped upon the wings R404 of the wind.

11 He made darkness R405 His hiding place, His R406 canopy F151 around Him,

Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

12 From the brightness R407 before Him passed His thick clouds,

Hailstones and coals R408 of fire.

13 The LORD also thundered R409 in the heavens,

And the Most High uttered His voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

14 He sent R410 out His arrows, and scattered them,

And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed F152 them.

15 Then the channels R411 of water appeared,

And the foundations of the world were laid F153 bare

At Your rebuke, R412 O LORD,

At the blast of the breath R413 of Your nostrils.

16 He sent R414 from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many R415 waters.

17 He delivered R416 me from my strong enemy,

And from those who hated me, for they were too R417 mighty for me.

18 They confronted me in the R418 day of my calamity,

But the R419 LORD was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a broad R420 place;

He rescued me, because He R421 delighted in me.

20 The LORD has rewarded R422 me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness R423 of my hands He has recompensed me.

21 For I have kept R424 the ways of the LORD,

And have not R425 wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all His R426 ordinances were before me,

And I did not put away His statutes R427 from me.

23 I was also blameless R428 F154 with Him,

And I kept R429 myself from my iniquity.

24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed R430 me according to my righteousness,

According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

25 With the R431 kind You show Yourself kind;

With the blameless F155 You R432 show Yourself blameless;

26 With the pure You show Yourself pure, R433

And with the crooked You R434 show Yourself astute. F156

27 For You save R435 an afflicted people,

But haughty R436 eyes You abase.

28 For You light R437 my lamp;

The LORD my God illumines R438 my darkness.

29 For by You I can run R439 F157 upon a troop;

And by my God I can leap R440 over a wall.

30 As for God, His way is blameless; R441 F158

The word R442 of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield R443 to all who take refuge in Him.

31 For who R444 is God, but the LORD?

And who is a rock, R445 except our God,

32 The God who girds R446 me with strength

And makes F159 my way blameless? R447 F160

33 He makes R448 my feet like hinds' feet,

And sets R449 me upon my high places.

34 He trains R450 my hands for battle,

So that my arms can bend R451 a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the R452 shield of Your salvation,

And Your right R453 hand upholds me;

And Your R454 gentleness F161 makes me great.

36 You enlarge R455 my steps under me,

And my feet R456 F162 have not slipped.

37 I pursued R457 my enemies and overtook them,

And I did not turn back until R458 they were consumed.

38 I shattered them, so that they were not R459 able to rise;

They fell under R460 my feet.

39 For You have girded R461 me with strength for battle;

You have subdued R462 F163 under me those who rose up against me.

40 You have also made my enemies turn R463 their backs to me,

And I destroyed R464 F164 those who hated me.

41 They cried for help, but there was none R465 to save,

Even to the LORD, but He R466 did not answer them.

42 Then I beat them fine as the dust R467 before the wind;

I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the contentions R468 of the people;

You have placed me as head R469 of the nations;

A people R470 whom I have not known serve me.

44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;

Foreigners submit R471 F165 to me.

45 Foreigners fade R472 away,

And come R473 trembling out of their fortresses. F166

46 The LORD lives, R474 and blessed be my R475 rock;

And exalted be the R476 God of my salvation,

47 The God who executes R477 vengeance for me,

And subdues R478 peoples under me.

48 He delivers R479 me from my enemies;

Surely You lift R480 me above those who rise up against me;

You rescue me from the violent R481 man.

49 Therefore I will give R482 thanks to You among the nations, O LORD,

And I will sing R483 praises to Your name.

50 He gives great deliverance R484 F167 to His king,

And shows lovingkindness to His R485 anointed,

To David and his R486 descendants F168 forever.

F145: Or godly one
F146: Or see corruption or the pit
F147: I.e. vindication
F148: Or no evil device in me; My mouth
F149: Lit tracks
F150: Or from those who rise Your right hand
F151: Lit the pupil, the daughter of the eye
F152: Lit fat
F153: Or whose portion in life is of the world
F154: Or with beholding
F155: 2+@Sam 22:1-51
F156: Or crag
F157: Or destruction; Hebrew Belial
F158: Or were assailing or terrifying
F159: I.e. the nether world
F160: Or in His wrath
F161: Or pavilion
F162: Lit confused
F163: Or uncovered
F164: Lit complete; or having integrity; or perfect
F165: V 23, note 1
F166: Lit twisted
F167: Or crush a troop
F168: V 23, note 1

R383: Psalms 59:17
R384: Deuteronomy 32:18; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalms 18:31,46; 28:1; 31:3; 42:9; 71:3; 78:15
R385: Psalms 144:2
R386: Psalms 19:14
R387: Psalms 28:7; 33:20; 59:11; 84:9,11; Proverbs 30:5
R388: Psalms 75:10
R389: Psalms 59:9
R390: Psalms 48:1; 96:4; 145:3
R391: Psalms 34:6
R392: Psalms 116:3
R393: Psalms 69:2; 124:3,4
R394: Psalms 116:3
R395: Psalms 50:15; 120:1
R396: Psalms 3:4
R397: Psalms 34:15
R398: Judges 5:4; Psalms 68:7,8; Isaiah 13:13; Haggai 2:6
R399: Psalms 114:4,6
R400: Psalms 50:3
R401: Psalms 144:5
R402: Psalms 97:2
R403: Psalms 80:1; 99:1
R404: Psalms 104:3
R405: Deuteronomy 4:11
R406: Psalms 97:2
R407: Psalms 104:2
R408: Psalms 97:3; 140:10; Habakkuk 3:4
R409: Psalms 29:3; 104:7
R410: Psalms 144:6; Habakkuk 3:11
R411: Psalms 106:9
R412: Psalms 76:6
R413: Psalms 18:8
R414: Psalms 144:7
R415: Psalms 32:6
R416: Psalms 59:1
R417: Psalms 35:10; 142:6
R418: Psalms 59:16
R419: Psalms 16:8
R420: Psalms 4:1; 31:8; 118:5
R421: Psalms 37:23; 41:11
R422: 1 Samuel 24:19; Job 1:33:26; Psalms 7:8
R423: Job 1:22:30; Psalms 24:4
R424: Psalms 37:34; 119:33; Proverbs 8:32
R425: 2 Chronicles 34:33; Psalms 119:102
R426: Psalms 119:30
R427: Psalms 119:83
R428: Psalms 18:32
R429: Psalms 19:12,13; 25:11; 66:18
R430: 1 Samuel 26:23; Psalms 18:20
R431: 1 Kings 8:32; Psalms 62:12; Matthew 5:7
R432: Psalms 18:30
R433: Job 1:25:5; Habakkuk 1:13
R434: Leviticus 26:23,24,27,28; Proverbs 3:34
R435: Psalms 72:12
R436: Psalms 101:5; Proverbs 6:17
R437: 1 Kings 15:4; Job 1:18:6; Psalms 132:17
R438: Psalms 27:1
R439: Psalms 118:10-12
R440: Psalms 18:33; 40:2
R441: Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 19:7; 145:17; Revelation 15:3
R442: Psalms 12:6
R443: Psalms 17:7; 91:4
R444: Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalms 86:8-10; Isaiah 45:5
R445: Deuteronomy 32:31; Psalms 18:2; 62:2
R446: Psalms 18:39; Isaiah 45:5
R447: Psalms 18:23
R448: Habakkuk 3:19
R449: Deuteronomy 32:13
R450: Psalms 144:1
R451: Job 1:29:20
R452: Psalms 33:20
R453: Psalms 63:8; 119:117
R454: Psalms 138:6
R455: Psalms 18:33
R456: Psalms 66:9; Proverbs 4:12
R457: Psalms 44:5
R458: Psalms 37:20
R459: Psalms 36:12
R460: Psalms 47:3
R461: Psalms 18:32
R462: Psalms 18:47
R463: Psalms 21:12
R464: Psalms 94:23
R465: Psalms 50:22
R466: Job 1:27:9; Proverbs 1:28
R467: Psalms 83:13
R468: 2 Samuel 3:1; 19:9; Psalms 35:1
R469: 2 Samuel 8:1-18; Psalms 89:27
R470: Isaiah 55:5
R471: Psalms 66:3
R472: Psalms 37:2
R473: Micah 7:17
R474: Job 1:19:25
R475: Psalms 18:2
R476: Psalms 51:14
R477: Psalms 94:1
R478: Psalms 18:43; 47:3; 144:2
R479: Psalms 3:7
R480: Psalms 27:6; 59:1
R481: Psalms 11:5
R482: Romans 15:9
R483: Psalms 108:1
R484: Psalms 21:1; 144:10
R485: Psalms 28:8
R486: Psalms 89:4


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