2 Samuel 22
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David’s Song of Deliverance

1And David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the [†]hand of all his enemies and from the [†]hand of Saul. 2He said,

“Yahweh is my [†]rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

3[†]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.

4I call upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,

And I am saved from my enemies.

5For the waves of death encompassed me;

The torrents of [†]vileness terrorized me;

6The cords of Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

7In my distress I called upon Yahweh,

And I called to my God;

And out of His temple He heard my voice,

And my cry for help came into His ears.

8Then the earth shook and quaked;

The foundations of heaven were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.

9Smoke went up [†]out of His nostrils,

And fire from His mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it.

10He bowed the heavens and came down

With thick darkness under His feet.

11He rode on a cherub and flew;

And He [†]appeared upon the wings of the wind.

12And He made darkness [†]canopies around Him,

A mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

13From the brightness before Him

Coals of fire were kindled.

14Yahweh thundered from heaven,

And the Most High gave forth His voice.

15And He sent out arrows, and scattered them,

Lightning, and [†]threw them into confusion.

16Then the channels of the sea appeared,

The foundations of the world were [†]laid bare

By the rebuke of Yahweh,

At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

17He sent from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.

18He delivered me from my strong enemy,

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

19They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

But Yahweh was my support.

20He brought me forth also into a broad place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

21Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

22For I have kept the ways of Yahweh,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

23For all His [†]judgments were before me,

And as for His statutes, I did not depart from [†]them.

24I was also [†]blameless toward Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.

25Therefore Yahweh has recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to my cleanness before His eyes.

26With the [†]kind You show Yourself [†]kind,

With the [†]blameless You show Yourself [†]blameless;

27With the pure You show Yourself pure,

And with the crooked You show Yourself [†]astute.

28And You save an afflicted people;

But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You bring down.

29For You are my lamp, O Yahweh;

And Yahweh illumines my darkness.

30For by You I can [†]run upon a troop;

By my God I can leap over a wall.

31As for God, His way is [†]blameless;

The word of Yahweh is [†]tried;

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

32For who is God, but Yahweh?

And who is a rock, but our God?

33God is my strong fortress;

And He [†]sets the [†]blameless in [†]His way.

34He makes [†]my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me on my high places.

35He trains my hands for battle,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

36You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,

And Your answer to me makes me great.

37You enlarge my steps under me,

And my ankles have not given way.

38I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,

And I did not turn back until they were consumed.

39And I have consumed them and crushed them, so that they did not rise;

And they fell under my feet.

40For You have girded me with strength for battle;

You have [†]subdued under me those who rose up against me.

41[†]You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,

And I [†]destroyed those who hated me.

42They looked, but there was none to save;

Even to Yahweh, but He did not answer them.

43Then I beat them fine as the dust of the earth;

I pulverized and stamped them as the mire of the streets.

44You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people;

You have kept me as head of the nations;

A people whom I have not known serve me.

45Foreigners cower before me;

As soon as they hear, they obey me.

46Foreigners fade away,

And [†]come trembling out of their [†]fortresses.

47Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock;

And let [†]God, the rock of my salvation, be lifted high

48The God who executes vengeance for me,

And brings down peoples under me,

49Who also brings me out from my enemies;

You even lift me above those who rise up against me;

You rescue me from the violent man.

50Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Yahweh, among the nations,

And I will sing praises to Your name.

51He [†]gives great salvation to His king,

And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,

To David and his seed forever.”

1 Lit palm
1 Lit palm
2 Lit crag
3 Lit God of my rock
5 Heb Belial
9 Or in His wrath
11 Many mss sped
12 Or pavilions
15 Or routed them
16 Or uncovered
23 Or judgment
23 Lit it
24 Or complete, having integrity
26 Or holy
26 Or holy
26 Or having integrity; lit mighty
26 Or having integrity; lit mighty
27 Lit twisted
30 Or crush a troop
31 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
31 Or tested, cf. Prov 30:5
33 Or sets free
33 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
33 Or my
34 Or His
40 Lit caused to bow down
41 Lit And as for my enemies, You have given me their necks
41 Or silenced
46 Lit gird themselves; the Heb is difficult
46 Lit fastnesses
47 Lit the God of the rock
51 Or is a tower

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