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Psalm 18 :: New International Version (NIV)

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(2Sa 22:1–51 )
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:1 - [fn]For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He 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. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:2 - The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[fn] and the horn[fn] of my salvation, my stronghold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:3 - I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:4 - The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:5 - The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:6 - In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:7 - The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:8 - Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:9 - He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:10 - He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:11 - He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:12 - Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:13 - The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:14 - He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:15 - The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:16 - He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:17 - He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:18 - They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:19 - He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:20 - The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:21 - For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:22 - All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:23 - I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:24 - The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:25 - To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:26 - to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:27 - You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:28 - You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:29 - With your help I can advance against a troop[fn]; with my God I can scale a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:30 - As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:31 - For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:32 - It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:33 - He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:34 - He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:35 - You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:36 - You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:37 - I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:38 - I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:39 - You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:40 - You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:41 - They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:42 - I beat them as fine as windblown dust; I trampled them[fn] like mud in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:43 - You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:44 - foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:45 - They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:46 - The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:47 - He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:48 - who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:49 - Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:50 - He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
Or sovereign
Horn here symbolizes strength.
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
Or can run through a barricade
Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out

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