Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Psalm 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles
God the Sovereign Savior
(2 Sam. 22:1–51 )
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:1 - To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:

I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:2 - The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:3 - I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:4 - The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:5 - The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:6 - In my distress I called upon the LORD,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:7 - Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:8 - Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:9 - He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:10 - And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:11 - He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:12 - From the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:13 - The LORD thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:14 - He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,
Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:15 - Then the channels of the sea were seen,
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O LORD,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:16 - He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:17 - He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:18 - They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the LORD was my support.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:19 - He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:20 - The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:21 - For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:22 - For all His judgments were before me,
And I did not put away His statutes from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:23 - I was also blameless before Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:24 - Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:25 - With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:26 - With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:27 - For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:28 - For You will light my lamp;
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:29 - For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:30 - As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:31 - For who is God, except the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:32 - It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:33 - He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:34 - He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:35 - You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:36 - You enlarged my path under me,
So my feet did not slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:37 - I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;
Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:38 - I have wounded them,
So that they could not rise;
They have fallen under my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:39 - For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:40 - You have also given me the necks of my enemies,
So that I destroyed those who hated me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:41 - They cried out, but there was none to save;
Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:42 - Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind;
I cast them out like dirt in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:43 - You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;
You have made me the head of the nations;
A people I have not known shall serve me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:44 - As soon as they hear of me they obey me;
The foreigners submit to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:45 - The foreigners fade away,
And come frightened from their hideouts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:46 - The LORD lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:47 - It is God who avenges me,
And subdues the peoples under me;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:48 - He delivers me from my enemies.
You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the violent man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:49 - Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your name.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:50 - Great deliverance He gives to His king,
And shows mercy to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forevermore.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; a few Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint omit Hailstones and coals of fire.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan