NASB — Psalms 18 — KJV

The LORD Praised for Giving Deliverance.

For the choir director. A [Psalm] of 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. And he said,

  1 “I love You, O LORD, amy strength.”
  2 The LORD is amy Irock and bmy fortress and my cdeliverer,
  My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
  My dshield and the ehorn of my salvation, my fstronghold.
  3 I call upon the LORD, who is aworthy to be praised,
  And I am bsaved from my enemies.

[1] 2S 22:1-51 aPs 59:17
[2] IOr crag aDt 32:18; 1S 2:2; Ps 18:31, 46; 28:1; 31:3; 42:9; 71:3; 78:15 bPs 144:2 cPs 19:14 dPs 28:7; 33:20; 59:11; 84:9, 11; Pv 30:5 ePs 75:10 fPs 59:9
[3] aPs 48:1; 96:4; 145:3 bPs 34:6

  4 ¶ The acords of death encompassed me,
  And the btorrents of Iungodliness IIterrified me.
  5 The acords of ISheol surrounded me;
  The snares of death confronted me.
  6 In my adistress I called upon the LORD,
  And cried to my God for help;
  He heard my voice bout of His temple,
  And my ccry for help before Him came into His ears.

[4] IOr destruction; Heb Belial IIOr were assailing or terrifying aPs 116:3 bPs 69:2; 124:3, 4
[5] II.e. the nether world aPs 116:3
[6] aPs 50:15; 120:1 bPs 3:4 cPs 34:15

  7 ¶ Then the aearth shook and quaked;
  And the bfoundations of the mountains were trembling
  And were shaken, because He was angry.
  8 Smoke went up Iout of His nostrils,
  And afire from His mouth devoured;
  Coals were kindled by it.
  9 He abowed the heavens also, and came down
  With thick bdarkness under His feet.
  10 He rode upon a acherub and flew;
  And He sped upon the bwings of the wind.
  11 He made adarkness His hiding place, bHis Icanopy around Him,
  Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
  12 From the abrightness before Him passed His thick clouds,
  Hailstones and bcoals of fire.
  13 The LORD also athundered in the heavens,
  And the Most High uttered His voice,
  Hailstones and coals of fire.
  14 He asent out His arrows, and scattered them,
  And lightning flashes in abundance, and Irouted them.
  15 Then the achannels of water appeared,
  And the foundations of the world were Ilaid bare
  At Your brebuke, O LORD,
  At the blast of the cbreath of Your nostrils.

[7] aJg 5:4; Ps 68:7, 8; Is 13:13; Hg 2:6 bPs 114:4, 6
[8] IOr in His wrath aPs 50:3
[9] aPs 144:5 bPs 97:2
[10] aPs 80:1; 99:1 bPs 104:3
[11] IOr pavilion aDt 4:11 bPs 97:2
[12] aPs 104:2 bPs 97:3; 140:10; Hab 3:4
[13] aPs 29:3; 104:7
[14] ILit confused aPs 144:6; Hab 3:11
[15] IOr uncovered aPs 106:9 bPs 76:6 cPs 18:8

  16 ¶ He asent from on high, He took me;
  He drew me out of bmany waters.
  17 He adelivered me from my strong enemy,
  And from those who hated me, for they were btoo mighty for me.
  18 They confronted me in athe day of my calamity,
  But bthe LORD was my stay.
  19 He brought me forth also into a abroad place;
  He rescued me, because bHe delighted in me.

[16] aPs 144:7 bPs 32:6
[17] aPs 59:1 bPs 35:10; 142:6
[18] aPs 59:16 bPs 16:8
[19] aPs 4:1; 31:8; 118:5 bPs 37:23; 41:11

  20 ¶ The LORD has arewarded me according to my righteousness;
  According to the bcleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
  21 For I have akept the ways of the LORD,
  And have bnot wickedly departed from my God.
  22 For all aHis ordinances were before me,
  And I did not put away His bstatutes from me.
  23 I was also Iablameless with Him,
  And I bkept myself from my iniquity.
  24 Therefore the LORD has arecompensed me according to my righteousness,
  According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

[20] a1S 24:19; Jb 33:26; Ps 7:8 bJb 22:30; Ps 24:4
[21] aPs 37:34; 119:33; Pv 8:32 b2Ch 34:33; Ps 119:102
[22] aPs 119:30 bPs 119:83
[23] ILit complete; or having integrity; or perfect aPs 18:32 bPs 19:12, 13; 25:11; 66:18
[24] a1S 26:23; Ps 18:20

  25 ¶ With athe kind You show Yourself kind;
  With the Iblameless bYou show Yourself blameless;
  26 With the pure You show Yourself apure,
  And with the crooked bYou show Yourself Iastute.
  27 For You asave an afflicted people,
  But bhaughty eyes You abase.
  28 For You alight my lamp;
  The LORD my God billumines my darkness.
  29 For by You I can Iarun upon a troop;
  And by my God I can bleap over a wall.

[25] IV 23, note 1 a1K 8:32; Ps 62:12; Mt 5:7 bPs 18:30
[26] ILit twisted aJb 25:5; Hab 1:13 bLv 26:23, 24, 27, 28; Pv 3:34
[27] aPs 72:12 bPs 101:5; Pv 6:17
[28] a1K 15:4; Jb 18:6; Ps 132:17 bPs 27:1
[29] IOr crush a troop aPs 118:10-12 bPs 18:33; 40:2

  30 ¶ As for God, His way is Iablameless;
  The bword of the LORD is tried;
  He is a cshield to all who take refuge in Him.
  31 For awho is God, but the LORD?
  And who is a brock, except our God,
  32 The God who agirds me with strength
  And Imakes my way IIbblameless?
  33 He amakes my feet like hinds’ [feet],
  And bsets me upon my high places.
  34 He atrains my hands for battle,
  So that my arms can bbend a bow of bronze.
  35 You have also given me athe shield of Your salvation,
  And Your bright hand upholds me;
  And cYour Igentleness makes me great.
  36 You aenlarge my steps under me,
  And my Ibfeet have not slipped.

[30] IV 23, note 1 aDt 32:4; Ps 19:7; 145:17; Rv 15:3 bPs 12:6 cPs 17:7; 91:4
[31] aDt 32:39; 1S 2:2; Ps 86:8-10; Is 45:5 bDt 32:31; Ps 18:2; 62:2
[32] IOr has made IILit complete; or having integrity aPs 18:39; Is 45:5 bPs 18:23
[33] aHab 3:19 bDt 32:13
[34] aPs 144:1 bJb 29:20
[35] IOr condescension aPs 33:20 bPs 63:8; 119:117 cPs 138:6
[36] ILit ankles aPs 18:33 bPs 66:9; Pv 4:12

  37 ¶ I apursued my enemies and overtook them,
  And I did not turn back buntil they were consumed.
  38 I shattered them, so that they were anot able to rise;
  They fell bunder my feet.
  39 For You have agirded me with strength for battle;
  You have Ibsubdued under me those who rose up against me.
  40 You have also made my enemies aturn their backs to me,
  And I Ibdestroyed those who hated me.
  41 They cried for help, but there was anone to save,
  [Even] to the LORD, but bHe did not answer them.
  42 Then I beat them fine as the adust before the wind;
  I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

[37] aPs 44:5 bPs 37:20
[38] aPs 36:12 bPs 47:3
[39] ILit caused to bow down aPs 18:32 bPs 18:47
[40] IOr silenced aPs 21:12 bPs 94:23
[41] aPs 50:22 bJb 27:9; Pv 1:28
[42] aPs 83:13

  43 ¶ You have delivered me from the acontentions of the people;
  You have placed me as bhead of the nations;
  A cpeople whom I have not known serve me.
  44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
  Foreigners Iasubmit to me.
  45 Foreigners afade away,
  And bcome trembling out of their Ifortresses.

[43] a2S 3:1; 19:9; Ps 35:1 b2S 8:1-18; Ps 89:27 cIs 55:5
[44] ILit deceive me; i.e. give feigned obedience aPs 66:3
[45] ILit fastnesses aPs 37:2 bMi 7:17

  46 ¶ The LORD alives, and blessed be bmy rock;
  And exalted be cthe God of my salvation,
  47 The God who aexecutes vengeance for me,
  And bsubdues peoples under me.
  48 He adelivers me from my enemies;
  Surely You blift me above those who rise up against me;
  You rescue me from the cviolent man.
  49 Therefore I will agive thanks to You among the nations, O LORD,
  And I will bsing praises to Your name.
  50 He gives great Iadeliverance to His king,
  And shows lovingkindness to bHis anointed,
  To David and chis IIdescendants forever.

[46] aJb 19:25 bPs 18:2 cPs 51:14
[47] aPs 94:1 bPs 18:43; 47:3; 144:2
[48] aPs 3:7 bPs 27:6; 59:1 cPs 11:5
[49] aRo 15:9 bPs 108:1
[50] II.e. victories; lit salvations IILit seed aPs 21:1; 144:10 bPs 28:8 cPs 89:4


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David praiseth God for his manifold and marvellous blessings.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto 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: And he said,]] I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 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. 3 I will call upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 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. 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness [was] under his feet. 10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies. 12 At the brightness [that was] before him his thick clouds passed, hail [stones] and coals of fire. 13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail [stones] and coals of fire. 14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. 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. 16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. 19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all his judgments [were] before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. 23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. 27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. 28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. 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. 31 For who [is] God save the LORD? or who [is] a rock save our God? 32 [It is] God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. 33 He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet], and setteth me upon my high places. 34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 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. 36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. 37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. 39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. 40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me. 41 They cried, but [there was] none to save [them: even] unto the LORD, but he answered them not. 42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets. 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. 44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. 45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places. 46 The LORD liveth; and blessed [be] my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 [It is] God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 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. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. 50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

[1] Ex 15:1; Jg 5:1; 1S 2:1; Ps 18:32; 28:7; 34:19; 116:1; 118:14; 144:1; Is 12:1, 2; Php 4:13; Col 1:11; 1Jn 4:19.
[2] 2S 22:3; Ps 28:1; 62:2, 7; 91:2, 4; 132:17; 144:2; Pv 2:7; 18:10; Is 32:2; Jr 16:19; He 2:13.
[3] 2S 22:4; Ne 9:5; Ps 5:2; 28:1; 50:15; 55:16; 62:8; 65:1; 76:4; 91:15; Lk 1:71; Ac 2:21; Ro 8:31; Php 4:6; Rv 4:11; 5:12.
[4] 2S 22:5; Ps 22:12, 16; 116:3; Is 13:8; 53:3; Jna 2:2; Mt 26:38, 47, 55; 27:24, 39; Mk 14:33; Ac 21:30; 2Co 1:9.
[5] Ps 86:13; 88:3, 15; Ec 9:12; Ac 2:24.
[6] Ex 2:23; 2S 22:7; 1K 8:27; 2Ch 30:27; Ps 5:7; 11:4; 18:3; 27:4; 50:15; 130:1; Hab 2:20; Mk 14:36; Ac 12:5; Rv 11:19.
[7] Dt 32:22; Ps 46:2; 114:4; Jr 4:24; Ezk 38:19; Hab 3:6, 10; Zc 14:4; Mt 28:2; Ac 4:31; 16:25; 1Co 13:2.
[8] Gn 19:28; Lv 10:2; Nu 11:1; 16:35; Dt 29:20, 23; Ps 11:6; 21:9; 74:1; 104:32; 144:5; Dn 7:10; Am 4:11; Na 1:5; 2Th 1:8; Rv 11:5.
[9] Dt 5:22; 33:26; 2S 22:10; Ps 68:4; 144:5; Is 51:6; Jol 3:16; Mt 24:29; Mk 15:33; Jn 13:7; He 12:26; 2P 3:10; Rv 20:11.
[10] 2S 22:11; Ps 99:1; 104:3; Ezk 1:5; 10:20.
[11] Dt 4:11; Ps 27:5; 81:7; 91:1; 97:2; Jol 2:2.
[12] Ex 9:23; Jsh 10:11; 2S 22:13; Ps 97:3; Hab 3:4; Mt 17:2, 5; Rv 16:21.
[13] Ex 20:18; Dt 32:24; 1S 7:10; Jb 40:9; Ps 29:3; 78:48; 104:7; 120:3; 140:10; Ezk 10:5; Hab 3:5; Jn 12:29; Rv 4:5; 8:5; 19:6.
[14] Nu 24:8; Dt 32:23, 42; Jsh 10:10; Jb 6:4; 38:35; 40:9; Ps 21:12; 77:17; 144:6; Is 30:30; Hab 3:11; Zc 9:14.
[15] Ex 15:8; Jsh 3:13; 2S 22:16; 2K 19:7; Jb 4:9; 38:4; Ps 74:15; 104:5; 106:9; Is 11:4; 30:27, 33; Jr 31:37; Jna 2:6; Mi 6:2.
[16] Ex 2:10; 2S 22:17; Ps 18:43; 40:1; 57:3; 144:7; Jna 2:5; Rv 17:15.
[17] 2S 22:1, 18; Jb 16:9; Ps 9:13; 18:40; 25:19; 35:10; 38:19; 69:4; 118:7; Lk 19:14; Ep 6:10; He 2:14.
[18] Dt 32:35; 1S 30:6; 2S 22:19; Ps 46:1, 11; Jr 18:17; Ob 1:10; Zc 1:15.
[19] 2S 22:18; 1K 10:9; Jb 36:16; Ps 18:36; 31:8; 37:23; 40:2; 118:5.
[20] 1S 24:11, 17, 20; Ps 7:3; 18:24; 24:4; 26:6; 58:11; Pv 11:18; Is 49:4; 62:11; Mt 6:4; 1Co 3:8; He 7:26.
[21] 1S 15:11; Ps 17:4; 26:1; 119:10, 102; Ac 24:16; 1Th 2:10; 1Jn 2:19.
[22] Ps 119:13, 112, 117, 128; Jn 5:14.
[23] 1S 26:23; 1Ch 29:17; Ps 7:1; 11:7; 17:3; 37:27; Mt 5:29; 18:8.
[24] Ru 2:12; Mt 10:41; 2Th 1:6; He 6:16.
[25] Ne 9:17; Ps 41:1; 112:4; Is 26:7; 57:1; 58:7; Ezk 18:25; Mt 18:33; Lk 6:35; Ro 9:14.
[26] Lv 26:23, 27; Ps 109:17; Pv 3:34; Ro 2:4, 9; Jm 2:13.
[27] 2S 22:28; Ps 9:18; 10:4; 17:10, 13; 34:6, 19; 40:17; 101:5; Pv 6:16; 30:12; Is 3:9; 10:12; 57:15; 66:2; Lk 1:52; 18:14; 2Co 8:9; Jm 2:5.
[28] 2S 22:29; 1K 11:36; Jb 18:6; 29:3; Ps 112:4; 132:17; Pv 20:27; Is 42:16; 62:1; Mt 4:16; Lk 1:79; 1P 2:9.
[29] 1S 17:49; 23:2; 30:8; 2S 5:19, 25; 22:30; Ps 44:6; 144:1, 10; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 12:9; Ep 6:10; Col 2:15; Rv 3:21.
[30] Dt 32:4; 2S 22:31; Ps 12:6; 17:7; 18:2; 19:7, 8; 25:10; 84:11; 119:140; Pv 30:5; Dn 4:37; Ro 12:2; Rv 15:3.
[31] Dt 32:31, 39; 1S 2:2; 2S 22:32; Ps 86:8; Is 45:5, 21.
[32] 2S 22:33; Ps 28:7; 91:2; 93:1; Is 45:5; 2Co 3:5.
[33] Dt 32:13; 33:29; 2S 2:18; 22:14; Hab 3:19.
[34] 2S 22:36; Ps 46:9; 144:1; Is 28:6; 45:1; Jr 49:35; Ho 1:5.
[35] Dt 33:29; 2S 22:36; Ps 5:12; 17:7; 28:7; 45:3, 4; Is 22:3; 40:11; 2Co 10:1; Ga 5:22; Jm 3:17.
[36] 2S 22:37; Jb 18:7; 36:16; Ps 4:1; Pv 4:12; Lk 12:50; 24:46.
[37] Nu 24:17; Ps 3:7; 9:3; 35:2, 5; 118:11; Is 53:10; 63:1; Rv 6:2; 19:19.
[38] 1S 17:49; 23:5; 30:17; 2S 5:1; 8:1; 10:1; 18:7; 21:15; 22:39.
[39] 2S 22:40, 41; 1Ch 22:18; Ps 18:32; 34:21; 66:3; Pv 8:36; Is 45:14; Lm 5:5; Ezk 30:24; Jn 15:23; 1Co 15:25; Ep 1:22; Php 3:21.
[41] 2S 22:42; Jb 35:12; Pv 1:28; Is 1:15; 59:1; Jr 11:11; 14:12; Ezk 8:18; Ho 7:14; Mi 3:4; Zc 7:13; Lk 13:25.
[42] 2K 13:7; Ps 50:22; Is 10:6; 25:10; 41:2, 15; Zc 10:5; Mal 4:3.
[43] 2S 2:9; 3:1; 5:1; 8:1; 10:1; 22:44; Ps 22:27; 108:9; Is 49:6, 22; 52:15; 55:5; Ho 1:10; Ac 5:31; Ro 15:12, 18; 16:26; Ep 1:22; 1P 2:10; Rv 11:15.
[44] Dt 33:29; 2S 1:13; 22:44; Ps 66:3; 68:30; 81:15; Is 62:8; Ezk 44:7; Ro 10:16.
[45] Is 24:4; Mi 7:17; Jm 1:11; Rv 6:16.
[46] Ex 15:2; 2S 22:47; Ps 18:2; 21:13; 25:5; 42:9; 57:5, 11; 68:20; 79:9; 99:9; Is 12:2; Jr 10:10; Lk 1:47; Jn 14:19; Rv 1:18.
[47] Dt 32:35; 2S 22:48; Ps 47:3; Na 1:2; Ro 12:19.
[48] Ps 7:16; 22:27; 59:1; 86:14; 89:13; 140:1, 4, 11; Php 2:9.
[49] 2S 22:50; Ps 14:7; 30:12; 72:18; 108:3; 138:4; Mt 26:30; Ro 15:9; 1Ti 6:13.
[50] 1S 2:10; 16:1; 2S 7:13; 1Ch 17:11, 27; Ps 2:6; 78:71; 89:3, 20; 132:10; 144:10; Is 9:6; Lk 1:31, 69; Ac 2:34; Ro 1:3; 11:29; Ga 3:16; Php 2:9.


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