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2 Samuel 22

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22 David Sings to the Lord
(Psalm 18.1-50)
1 David sang a song to the Lord after the Lord had rescued him from his enemies, especially Saul. These are the words to David's song:
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1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2 Our Lord and our God,
you are my mighty rock,
y 22.2 mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.
my fortress, my protector.
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 You are the rock
where I am safe.
You are my shield,
my powerful weapon,
z 22.3 powerful weapon: The Hebrew has “the horn,” which refers to the horn of a bull, one of the most powerful animals in ancient Palestine.
and my place of shelter.

You rescue me and keep me
from being hurt.
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I praise you, our Lord!
I prayed to you,
and you rescued me
from my enemies.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 Death, like ocean waves,
surrounded me,
and I was almost swallowed
by its flooding waters.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
waves: or, pangs
ungodly...: Heb. Belial

6 Ropes from the world
of the dead
had coiled around me,
and death had set a trap
in my path.
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
sorrows: or, cords
7 I was in terrible trouble
when I called out to you,
but from your temple
you heard me
and answered my prayer.
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Earth shook and shivered!
The columns supporting the sky
a 22.8 columns ... sky: The sky was sometimes described as a dome that was held up by a foundation or pillars.
rocked back and forth.
You were angry
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
9 and breathed out smoke.
Scorching heat and fiery flames
spewed from your mouth.
9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
out of his nostrils: Heb. by, etc

10 You opened the heavens
like curtains,
and you came down
with storm clouds
under your feet.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
11 You rode on the backs
of flying creatures.
b 22.11 flying creatures: These were supernatural beings (see the note at 6.2).
You appeared
c 22.11 appeared: Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts “swooped down” (see Psalm 18.10).
with the wind as wings.
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 Darkness was your tent!
Thunderclouds filled the sky,
hiding you from sight.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
dark...: Heb. binding of waters
13 Fiery coals lit up the sky
in front of you.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

14 Lord Most High, your voice
thundered from the heavens.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 You scattered your enemies
with arrows of lightning.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 You roared at the sea,
and its deepest channels
could be seen.
You snorted,
and the earth shook
to its foundations.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

17 You reached down from heaven,
and you lifted me
from deep in the ocean.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
many: or, great
18 You rescued me from enemies
who were hateful
and too powerful for me.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 On the day disaster struck,
they came and attacked,
but you defended me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 When I was fenced in,
you freed and rescued me
because you love me.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 You are good to me, Lord,
because I do right,
and you reward me
because I am innocent.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 I do what you want
and never turn to do evil.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 I keep your laws in mind
and never turn away
from your teachings.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I obey you completely
and guard against sin.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
before: Heb. to
25 You have been good to me
because I do right;
you have rewarded me
for being innocent
by your standards.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
in...: Heb. before his eyes

26 You are always loyal
to your loyal people,
and you are faithful
to the faithful.
26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27 With all who are sincere
you are sincere,
but you treat the unfaithful
as their deeds deserve.
27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
shew thyself unsavoury: or, wrestle
28 You rescue the humble,
but you look for ways
to put down the proud.
28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 Our Lord and God,
you are my lamp.
You turn darkness to light.
29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
lamp: or, candle
30 You help me defeat armies
and capture cities.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
run: or, broken

31 Your way is perfect, Lord,
and your word is correct.
You are a shield for those
who run to you for help.
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
tried: or, refined
32 You alone are God!
Only you are a mighty rock.
d 22.32,47 mighty rock: See the note at 22.2.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 You are my strong fortress,
and you set me free.
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
maketh: Heb. riddeth, or, looseth
34 You make my feet run as fast
22.34 Hb 3.19.
as those of a deer,
and you help me stand
on the mountains.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
maketh: Heb. equalleth

35 You teach my hands to fight
and my arms to use
a bow of bronze.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
to war: Heb. for the war
36 You alone are my shield,
and by coming to help me,
you have made me famous.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
made...: Heb. multiplied me
37 You clear the way for me,
and now I won't stumble.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
feet: Heb. ankles

38 I kept chasing my enemies
until I caught them
and destroyed them.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 I destroyed them!
I stuck my sword
through my enemies,
and they were crushed
under my feet.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 You helped me win victories
and forced my attackers
to fall victim to me.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
subdued: Heb. caused to bow

41 You made my enemies run,
and I killed them.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They cried out for help,
but no one saved them;
they called out to you,
but there was no answer.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 I ground them to dust,
and I squashed them
like mud in the streets.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

44 You rescued me
from my stubborn people
and made me the leader
of foreign nations,
who are now my slaves.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 They obey and come crawling.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
Strangers: Heb. Sons of the stranger
submit...: or, yield feigned obedience: Heb. lie
46 They have lost all courage
and from their fortresses
they come trembling.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.

47 You are the living Lord!
I will praise you!
You are a mighty rock.
d 22.32,47 mighty rock: See the note at 22.2.
I will honor you
for keeping me safe.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 You took revenge for me,
and you put nations
in my power.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
avengeth: Heb. giveth avengement for
49 You protected me
from violent enemies,
and you made me much greater
than all of them.
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

50 I will praise you, Lord,
22.50 Ro 15.9.
and I will honor you
among the nations.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 You give glorious victories
to your chosen king.
Your faithful love for David
and for his descendants
will never end.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

© 1999 American Bible Society

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