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2 Samuel 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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David’s Song of Deliverance

(Psa 18:1–50 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:2 - He said,
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:3 - my[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:4 - I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:5 - “For the waves of death encompassed me,
the torrents of destruction assailed me;[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:6 - the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:7 - “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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:8 - “Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations of the heavens trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:9 - Smoke went up from his nostrils,[fn]
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:10 - He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:11 - He rode on a cherub and flew;
he was seen on the wings of the wind.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:12 - He made darkness around him his canopy,
thick clouds, a gathering of water.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:13 - Out of the brightness before him
coals of fire flamed forth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:14 - The LORD thundered from heaven,
and the Most High uttered his voice.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:15 - And he sent out arrows and scattered them;
lightning, and routed them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:17 - “He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:18 - He rescued me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:19 - They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD was my support.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:20 - He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:21 - “The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:22 - For I have kept the ways of the LORD
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:23 - For all his rules were before me,
and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:24 - I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:25 - And the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:26 - “With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:27 - with the purified you deal purely,
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:28 - You save a humble people,
but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:29 - For you are my lamp, O LORD,
and my God lightens my darkness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:30 - For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:31 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:32 - “For who is God, but the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:33 - This God is my strong refuge
and has made my[fn] way blameless.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:34 - He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:35 - He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:36 - You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your gentleness made me great.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:37 - You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet[fn] did not slip;
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:38 - I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,
and did not turn back until they were consumed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:39 - I consumed them; I thrust them through, so that they did not rise;
they fell under my feet.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:40 - For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made those who rise against me sink under me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:41 - You made my enemies turn their backs to me,[fn]
those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:42 - They looked, but there was none to save;
they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:43 - I beat them fine as the dust of the earth;
I crushed them and stamped them down like the mire of the streets.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:44 - “You delivered me from strife with my people;[fn]
you kept me as the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:45 - Foreigners came cringing to me;
as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:46 - Foreigners lost heart
and came trembling[fn] out of their fortresses.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:47 - “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:48 - the God who gave me vengeance
and brought down peoples under me,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:49 - who brought me out from my enemies;
you exalted me above those who rose against me;
you delivered me from men of violence.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:50 - “For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations,
and sing praises to your name.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:51 - Great salvation he brings[fn] to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his offspring forever.”
ESV Footnotes
Septuagint (compare Psalm 18:2); Hebrew lacks my
Or terrified me
Or in his wrath
Or his; also verse 34
Compare Psalm 18:32; Hebrew he has blamelessly set my way free, or he has made my way spring up blamelessly
Hebrew ankles
Or You gave me my enemies’ necks
Septuagint with the peoples
Compare Psalm 18:45; Hebrew equipped themselves
Or He is a tower of salvation

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