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2 Samuel 22 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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David’s Psalm of Deliverance

(Psa 18:1–50 )
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Now David spoke the words of this song to the LORD on the day that the LORD had saved him from the [fn]hand of all his enemies and from the [fn]hand of Saul.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:2 - He said,

“The LORD is my [fn]rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

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[fn]My 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.

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

And I am saved from my enemies.

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“For the waves of death encompassed me;

The floods of [fn]destruction terrified me;

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The ropes of [fn]Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

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“In my distress I called upon the LORD,

Yes, I called out to my God;

And from His temple He heard my voice,

And my cry for help came into His ears.

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“Then the earth shook and quaked,

The foundations of heaven were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.

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“Smoke went up [fn]out of His nostrils,

And fire from His mouth was devouring;

Coals were kindled by it.

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“He also bowed the heavens down low, and came down

With thick darkness under His feet.

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“He rode on a cherub and flew;

He [fn]appeared on the wings of the wind.

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“He made darkness canopies around Him,

A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.

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“From the brightness before Him

Coals of fire were kindled.

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“The LORD thundered from heaven,

And the Most High uttered His voice.

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“And He shot arrows and scattered them,

Lightning, and [fn]routed them.

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“Then the channels of the sea appeared,

The foundations of the world were exposed

By the rebuke of the LORD,

From the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

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“He sent from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.

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“He rescued me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.

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“They confronted me on the day of my disaster,

But the LORD was my support.

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“He also brought me out into an open place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

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“The LORD has treated me in accordance with my righteousness;

In accordance with the cleanliness of my hands He has repaid me.

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“For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not acted wickedly against my God.

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“For all His ordinances were before me,

And as for His statutes, I did not deviate from [fn]them.

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“I was also [fn]blameless toward Him,

And I have kept myself from my wrongdoing.

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“So the LORD has repaid me in accordance with my righteousness,

In accordance with my cleanliness before His eyes.

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“With the one who is faithful You show Yourself faithful,

With the [fn]blameless one You prove Yourself [fn]blameless;

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With the one who is pure You show Yourself pure,

But with the perverted You [fn]show Yourself astute.

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“And You save an afflicted people;

But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You humiliate.

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“For You are my lamp, LORD;

And the LORD illuminates my darkness.

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“For by You I can run at a [fn]troop of warriors;

By my God I can leap over a wall.

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“As for God, His way is [fn]blameless;

The word of the LORD is refined;

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

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“For who is God, except the LORD?

And who is a rock, except our God?

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“God is my strong fortress;

And He [fn]sets the [fn]blameless on [fn]His way.

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“He makes [fn]my feet like deer’s feet,

And sets me on my high places.

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“He trains my hands for battle,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

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“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,

And Your [fn]help makes me great.

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“You enlarge my steps under me,

And my [fn]feet have not slipped.

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“I pursued my enemies and eliminated them,

And I did not turn back until they were finished off.

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“And I have devoured them and smashed them, so that they would not rise;

And they fell under my feet.

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“For You have encircled me with strength for battle;

You have forced those who rose up against me to bow down under me.

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

And I [fn]destroyed those who hated me.

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“They looked, but there was no one to save them;

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

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“Then I pulverized them as the dust of the earth;

I crushed and trampled them like the mud of the streets.

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“You have also saved me from the contentions of my people;

You have kept me as head of the nations;

A people I have not known serve me.

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“Foreigners pretend to obey me;

As soon as they hear, they obey me.

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“Foreigners lose heart,

And [fn]come trembling out of their fortresses.

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“The LORD lives, and blessed be my Rock;

And exalted be [fn]my God, the rock of my salvation,

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The God who executes vengeance for me,

And brings down peoples under me,

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Who also brings me out from my enemies;

You also raise me above those who rise up against me;

You rescue me from the violent person.

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“Therefore I will [fn]give thanks to You, LORD, among the nations,

And I will sing praises to Your name.

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He is a tower of [fn]salvation to His king,

And shows favor to His anointed,

To David and his [fn]descendants forever.”

NASB20 Footnotes
Lit palm
Lit palm
Lit crag
As in LXX; MT God of my rock
Or wickedness; Heb Belial
I.e., the netherworld
I.e., in His anger
Many mss glided
Lit confused
Lit it
Lit complete; or having integrity
Lit complete; or having integrity
Lit complete; or having integrity
As in two Heb mss and Ps 18:26; MT pretend stupidity
Or wall
Lit complete; or having integrity
Or sets free
Lit complete; or having integrity
Another reading is my
Another reading is His
Lit answering
Lit ankles
Or silenced
Reading based on Ps 18:45; MT belt up themselves
As in LXX; MT the God of the rock
Or praise
Lit acts of salvation
Lit seed

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