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2 Samuel 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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David’s Song of Praise

(Psa 18:1–50 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:1 - David sang to the LORD the words of this song 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, my fortress and my deliverer;
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:3 - my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[fn] and the horn[fn] of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:4 - “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:5 - The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:6 - The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:7 - “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:8 - The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens[fn] shook; they trembled because he was angry.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:9 - Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:10 - He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:11 - He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared[fn] on the wings of the wind.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:12 - He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark[fn] rain clouds of the sky.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:13 - Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:14 - The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:15 - He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:16 - The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:17 - “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:18 - He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:19 - They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:20 - He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:21 - “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:22 - For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:23 - All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:24 - I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:25 - The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness[fn] in his sight.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:26 - “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:27 - to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:28 - You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:29 - You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:30 - With your help I can advance against a troop[fn]; with my God I can scale a wall.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:31 - “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:32 - For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:33 - It is God who arms me with strength[fn] and keeps my way secure.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:34 - He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:35 - He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:36 - You make your saving help my shield; your help has made[fn] me great.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:37 - You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:38 - “I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:39 - I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:40 - You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:41 - You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:42 - They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:43 - I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:44 - “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:45 - foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:46 - They all lose heart; they come trembling[fn] from their strongholds.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:47 - “The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:48 - He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:49 - who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:50 - Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:51 - “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”
NIV Footnotes
Or sovereign
Horn here symbolizes strength.
Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:7) mountains
Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared
Septuagint (see also Psalm 18:11); Hebrew massed
Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:24) to the cleanness of my hands
Or can run through a barricade
Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; / you stoop down to make
Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves

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