Psalm 18
New Heart English Bible
1[For the Chief Musician. By David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that 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.

2The LORD is my Rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

3I call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

4The waves of death surrounded me, and the currents of ungodliness overwhelmed me.

5The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.

6In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry before him came into his ears.

7Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.

8Smoke went out of his nostrils. Consuming fire came out of his mouth. Coals were kindled by it.

9He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

10He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

11He made darkness his hiding place, his canopy around him thick clouds dark with water.

12From the brightness before him his thick clouds passed on, with hailstones and coals of fire.

13The LORD also thundered in the sky. The Most High uttered his voice.

14And he sent out arrows and scattered them, and he shot lightning bolts and routed them.

15And the depths of the sea appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

16He sent from on high. He took me. He drew me out of many waters.

17He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

18They came on me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.

19He brought me forth also into a large place. He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.

21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22For all his ordinances were before me. I did not put away his statutes from me.

23I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.

24Therefore the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25With the faithful you show yourself faithful. With the innocent you show yourself innocent.

26With the pure you show yourself pure. And with the crooked you show yourself tortuous.

27For you will save a humble people, but the eyes of the proud you will bring low.

28For you light my lamp. The LORD my God lights up my darkness.

29For by you, I advance through a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall.

30As for God, his way is perfect. The word of the LORD is pure. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

31For who is God, except the LORD? Who is a rock, besides our God,

32the God who girds me with strength, and makes my way blameless?

33He makes my feet like deer's feet, and sets me on my high places.

34He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

35You have also given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand holds me up, and your help has made me great.

36You have enlarged my steps under me, My feet have not slipped.

37I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and I did not turn back until they were destroyed.

38I struck them through, so that they did not rise. They fell beneath my feet.

39For you have equipped me with strength for the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

40You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me.

41They cried, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but he did not answer them.

42Then I ground them as fine as the dust on the surface of a path. Like the mud in the streets, I trampled them.

43You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me;

44as soon as they hear of me they obey me. Foreigners come cringing to me;

45they are not bound in chains.

46The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock. Exalted be the God of my salvation,

47even the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me.

48He rescues me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man.

49Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations, and will sing praises to your name.

50He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his descendants, until forever.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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