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2 Samuel 22 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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David’s Song of Thanksgiving
(Psa 18:1–50 )
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David spoke the words of this song to the LORD on the day the LORD rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies and from the grasp of Saul.

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He said:

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

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my God,[fn] my rock where I seek refuge.

My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge,

and my Savior, you save me from violence.

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I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

and I was saved from my enemies.

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For the waves of death engulfed me;

the torrents of destruction terrified me.

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The ropes of Sheol entangled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

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I called to the LORD in my distress;

I called to my God.

From his temple he heard my voice,

and my cry for help reached his ears.

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Then the earth shook and quaked;

the foundations of the heavens[fn] trembled;

they shook because he burned with anger.

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Smoke rose from his nostrils,

and consuming fire came from his mouth;

coals were set ablaze by it.[fn]

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He bent the heavens and came down,

total darkness beneath his feet.

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He rode on a cherub and flew,

soaring[fn] on the wings of the wind.

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He made darkness a canopy around him,

a gathering[fn] of water and thick clouds.

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From the radiance of his presence,

blazing coals were ignited.

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The LORD thundered from heaven;

the Most High made his voice heard.

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He shot arrows and scattered them;

he hurled lightning bolts and routed them.

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The depths of the sea became visible,

the foundations of the world were exposed

at the rebuke of the LORD,

at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

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He reached down from on high

and took hold of me;

he pulled me out of deep water.

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He rescued me from my powerful enemy

and from those who hated me,

for they were too strong for me.

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They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

but the LORD was my support.

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He brought me out to a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

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The LORD rewarded me

according to my righteousness;

he repaid me

according to the cleanness of my hands.

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For I have kept the ways of the LORD

and have not turned from my God to wickedness.

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Indeed, I let all his ordinances guide me[fn]

and have not disregarded his statutes.

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I was blameless before him

and kept myself from my iniquity.

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So the LORD repaid me

according to my righteousness,

according to my cleanness[fn] in his sight.

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With the faithful

you prove yourself faithful,

with the blameless

you prove yourself blameless,

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with the pure

you prove yourself pure;

but with the crooked

you prove yourself shrewd.

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You rescue an oppressed people,

but your eyes are set against the proud —

you humble them.

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LORD, you are my lamp;

the LORD illuminates my darkness.

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With you I can attack a barricade,[fn]

and with my God I can leap over a wall.

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God ​— ​his way is perfect;

the word of the LORD is pure.

He is a shield to all who take refuge in him.

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For who is God besides the LORD?

And who is a rock? Only our God.

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God is my strong refuge;[fn]

he makes my way perfect.[fn]

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He makes my feet like the feet of a deer

and sets me securely on the[fn] heights.[fn]

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He trains my hands for war;

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

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You have given me the shield of your salvation;

your help[fn] exalts me.

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You make a spacious place beneath me for my steps,

and my ankles do not give way.

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I pursue my enemies and destroy them;

I do not turn back until they are wiped out.

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I wipe them out and crush them,

and they do not rise;

they fall beneath my feet.

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You have clothed me with strength for battle;

you subdue my adversaries beneath me.

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You have made my enemies retreat before me;[fn]

I annihilate those who hate me.

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They look, but there is no one to save them —

they look to the LORD, but he does not answer them.

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I pulverize them like dust of the earth;

I crush them and trample them like mud in the streets.

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You have freed me from the feuds among my people;

you have preserved me as head of nations;

a people I had not known serve me.

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Foreigners submit to me cringing;

as soon as they hear, they obey me.

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Foreigners lose heart

and come trembling from their fortifications.

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The LORD lives ​— ​blessed be my rock!

God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

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God ​— ​he grants me vengeance

and casts down peoples under me.

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He frees me from my enemies.

You exalt me above my adversaries;

you rescue me from violent men.

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Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, LORD;

I will sing praises about your name.

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He is a tower of salvation for[fn] his king;

he shows loyalty to his anointed,

to David and his descendants forever.

CSB Footnotes
LXX, Ps 18:2 read my God ; MT reads God of
Some Hb mss, Syr, Vg read mountains ; Ps 18:7
Or him
Some Hb mss; other Hb mss, Syr, Tg read he was seen
Or sieve, or mass ; Hb obscure
Lit Indeed, all his ordinances have been in front of me
LXX, Syr, Vg read to the cleanness of my hands ; Ps 18:24
Or a ridge, or raiders
DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Vg read God clothes me with strength ; Ps 18:32
Some LXX mss, Syr; MT reads he sets free the blameless his way ; Hb obscure
LXX; some Hb mss read my ; other Hb mss read his
Or on my high places
LXX reads humility ; Ps 18:35
Lit you gave me the neck of my enemies
DSS read he gives great victory to

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