22 1DAVID SPOKE to the Lord the words of this song on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2He said: The Lord is my Rock [of escape from Saul] and my Fortress [in the wilderness] and my Deliverer; 3My God, my Rock, in Him will I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my salvation; my Stronghold and my Refuge, my Savior--You save me from violence. 4I call on the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 5For the waves of death enveloped me; the torrents of destruction made me afraid. 6The cords of Sheol were entangling me; I encountered the snares of death. 7In my distress I called upon the Lord; I cried to my God, and He heard my voice from His temple; my cry came into His ears. 8Then the earth reeled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens trembled and shook because He was angry. 9Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. 10He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet. 11He rode on a cherub and flew; He was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness His canopy around Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 13Out of the brightness before Him coals of fire flamed forth. 14The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice. 15He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning confused and troubled them. 16The channels of the sea were visible, the foundations of the world were uncovered at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils. 17He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of great waters. 18He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 19They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay. 20He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 21The Lord rewarded me according to my uprightness with Him; He compensated and benefited me according to the cleanness of my hands. 22For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 23For all His ordinances were before me; and from His statutes I did not turn aside. 24I was also blameless before Him and kept myself from guilt and iniquity. 25Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His [holy] sight. 26Toward the loving and loyal You will show Yourself loving and loyal, and with the upright and blameless You will show Yourself upright and blameless. 27To the pure You will show Yourself pure, and to the willful You will show Yourself willful. 28And the afflicted people You will deliver, but Your eyes are upon the haughty, whom You will bring down. 29For You, O Lord, are my Lamp; the Lord lightens my darkness. 30For by You I run through a troop; by my God I leap over a wall. 31As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried. He is a Shield to all those who trust and take refuge in Him. 32For who is God but the Lord? And who is a Rock except our God? 33God is my strong Fortress; He guides the blameless in His way and sets him free. 34He makes my feet like the hinds’ [firm and able]; He sets me secure and confident upon the heights. 35He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 36You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; and Your condescension and gentleness have made me great. 37You have enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet have not slipped. 38I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them; and I did not turn back until they were consumed. 39I consumed them and thrust them through, so that they did not arise; they fell at my feet. 40For You girded me with strength for the battle; those who rose up against me You subdued under me. 41You have made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me. 42They looked, but there was none to save--even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. 43Then I beat them small as the dust of the earth; I crushed them as the mire of the street and scattered them abroad. 44You also have delivered me from strife with my people; You kept me as the head of the nations. People whom I had not known served me. 45Foreigners yielded feigned obedience to me; as soon as they heard of me, they became obedient to me. 46Foreigners faded away; they came limping and trembling from their strongholds. 47The Lord lives; blessed be my Rock, and exalted be God, the Rock of my salvation. 48It is God Who executes vengeance for me and Who brought down [and disciplined] the peoples under me, 49Who brought me out from my enemies. You also lifted me up above those who rose up against me; You delivered me from the violent man. 50For this I will give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to Your name. 51He is a Tower of salvation and great deliverance to His king, and shows loving-kindness to His anointed, to David and his offspring forever.
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