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David’s Song of Deliverance

22 (A)And David spoke to Yahweh (B)the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the [a]hand of all his enemies and from the [b]hand of Saul. He said,

(C)Yahweh is my [c]rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
[d](D)My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My (E)shield and (F)the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and (G)my refuge;
My savior, You save me from violence.
I call upon Yahweh, (H)who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.
For (I)the waves of death encompassed me;
(J)The torrents of [e]vileness terrorized me;
(K)The cords of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
(L)In 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.
Then (M)the earth shook and quaked;
(N)The foundations of heaven were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
Smoke went up [f]out of His nostrils,
(O)And fire from His mouth devoured;
(P)Coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens and came down
With (Q)thick darkness under His feet.
11 (R)He rode on a cherub and flew;
And He [g]appeared upon (S)the wings of the wind.
12 (T)And He made darkness [h]canopies around Him,
A mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
13 From the brightness before Him
(U)Coals of fire were kindled.
14 (V)Yahweh thundered from heaven,
And the Most High gave forth His voice.
15 (W)And He sent out arrows, and scattered them,
Lightning, and [i]threw them into confusion.
16 Then the channels of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were [j]laid bare
By the rebuke of Yahweh,
(X)At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 (Y)He sent from on high, He took me;
(Z)He drew me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
(AA)But Yahweh was my support.
20 (AB)He brought me forth also into a broad place;
He rescued me, (AC)because He delighted in me.
21 (AD)Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
(AE)According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
22 (AF)For I have kept the ways of Yahweh,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 (AG)For all His [k]judgments were before me,
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from [l]them.
24 (AH)I was also [m]blameless toward Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 (AI)Therefore Yahweh has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness before His eyes.
26 (AJ)With the [n]kind You show Yourself [o]kind,
With the [p]blameless You show Yourself [q]blameless;
27 (AK)With the pure You show Yourself pure,
(AL)And with the crooked You show Yourself [r]astute.
28 (AM)And You save an afflicted people;
(AN)But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You bring down.
29 (AO)For You are my lamp, O Yahweh;
And Yahweh illumines my darkness.
30 (AP)For by You I can [s]run upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
31 (AQ)As for God, His way is [t]blameless;
(AR)The word of Yahweh is [u]tried;
(AS)He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
32 (AT)For who is God, but Yahweh?
(AU)And who is a rock, but our God?
33 (AV)God is my strong fortress;
And He [v]sets the [w]blameless in [x]His way.
34 (AW)He makes [y]my feet like hinds’ feet,
(AX)And sets me on my high places.
35 (AY)He trains my hands for battle,
(AZ)So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You have also given me (BA)the shield of Your salvation,
And Your answer to me makes me great.
37 (BB)You enlarge my steps under me,
And my ankles have not given way.
38 I pursued my enemies and (BC)destroyed them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
39 And I have consumed them and crushed them, so that they did not rise;
And (BD)they fell under my feet.
40 For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have [z]subdued under me (BE)those who rose up against me.
41 [aa]You have also (BF)made my enemies turn their backs to me,
And I [ab]destroyed those who hated me.
42 (BG)They looked, but there was none to save;
(BH)Even to Yahweh, but He did not answer them.
43 (BI)Then I beat them fine as the dust of the earth;
(BJ)I pulverized and stamped them as the mire of the streets.
44 (BK)You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people;
(BL)You have kept me as head of the nations;
(BM)A people whom I have not known serve me.
45 (BN)Foreigners cower before me;
As soon as they hear, they obey me.
46 Foreigners fade away,
(BO)And [ac]come trembling out of their [ad]fortresses.
47 Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock;
And let [ae](BP)God, the rock of my salvation, be lifted high,
48 (BQ)The God who executes vengeance for me,
(BR)And brings down peoples under me,
49 Who also brings me out from my enemies;
You even lift me above (BS)those who rise up against me;
(BT)You rescue me from the violent man.
50 (BU)Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Yahweh, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.
51 (BV)He [af]gives great salvation to His king,
And (BW)shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
(BX)To David and his seed forever.”


  1. 2 Samuel 22:1 Lit palm
  2. 2 Samuel 22:1 Lit palm
  3. 2 Samuel 22:2 Lit crag
  4. 2 Samuel 22:3 Lit God of my rock
  5. 2 Samuel 22:5 Heb Belial
  6. 2 Samuel 22:9 Or in His wrath
  7. 2 Samuel 22:11 Many mss sped
  8. 2 Samuel 22:12 Or pavilions
  9. 2 Samuel 22:15 Or routed them
  10. 2 Samuel 22:16 Or uncovered
  11. 2 Samuel 22:23 Or judgment
  12. 2 Samuel 22:23 Lit it
  13. 2 Samuel 22:24 Or complete, having integrity
  14. 2 Samuel 22:26 Or holy
  15. 2 Samuel 22:26 Or holy
  16. 2 Samuel 22:26 Or having integrity; lit mighty
  17. 2 Samuel 22:26 Or having integrity; lit mighty
  18. 2 Samuel 22:27 Lit twisted
  19. 2 Samuel 22:30 Or crush a troop
  20. 2 Samuel 22:31 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
  21. 2 Samuel 22:31 Or tested, cf. Prov 30:5
  22. 2 Samuel 22:33 Or sets free
  23. 2 Samuel 22:33 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
  24. 2 Samuel 22:33 Or my
  25. 2 Samuel 22:34 Or His
  26. 2 Samuel 22:40 Lit caused to bow down
  27. 2 Samuel 22:41 Lit And as for my enemies, You have given me their necks
  28. 2 Samuel 22:41 Or silenced
  29. 2 Samuel 22:46 Lit gird themselves; the Heb is difficult
  30. 2 Samuel 22:46 Lit fastnesses
  31. 2 Samuel 22:47 Lit the God of the rock
  32. 2 Samuel 22:51 Or is a tower