Psalm 18

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1: I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. edit

2: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. edit

3: I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. edit

4: The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. edit

5: The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. edit

6: In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. edit

7: Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. edit

8: There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. edit

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

10: And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. edit

11: He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. edit

12: At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. edit

13: The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. edit

14: Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. edit

15: Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. edit

16: He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. edit

17: He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. edit

18: They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. edit

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

20: The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. edit

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

22: For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. edit

23: I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. edit

24: Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. edit

25: With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; edit

26: With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. edit

27: For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. edit

28: For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. edit

29: For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. edit

30: As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. edit

31: For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? edit

32: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. edit

33: He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places. edit

34: He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. edit

35: Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. edit

36: Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. edit

37: I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. edit

38: I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. edit

39: For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. edit

40: Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me. edit

41: They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not. edit

42: Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets. edit

43: Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me. edit

44: As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. edit

45: The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places. edit

46: The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. edit

47: It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. edit

48: He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. edit

49: Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. edit

50: Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore. edit

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