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2 Samuel 22 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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David’s Song of Thanksgiving

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David spoke the words of this song to the LORD on the day the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

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He said:

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

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my God, my mountain[fn] 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 parted the heavens and came down,

a dark cloud 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,

flaming coals were ignited.

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The LORD thundered from heaven;

the Most High projected His voice.

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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 heaven

and took hold of me;

He pulled me out of deep waters.

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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 distress,

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 have kept all His ordinances in mind[fn]

and have not disregarded His statutes.

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I was blameless before Him

and kept myself from sinning.

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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 man

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 afflicted 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 barrier,[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 widen a 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 appointed me the head of nations;

a people I had not known serve me.

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Foreigners submit to me grudgingly;

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 — may my rock be praised!

God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.

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God — He gives 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 praise You, LORD, among the nations;

I will sing 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.

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HCSB Footnotes
LXX; MT reads God of my mountain ; Ps 18:2
Some Hb mss, Syr, Vg read mountains ; Ps 18:7
Or ablaze from 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 ridge
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

HCSB

Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

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