22 David sang [L the words of] this song [C see the close parallel to the following song in Psalm 18] to the Lord when the Lord ·saved [rescued; T delivered] him from Saul and all his other enemies. 2 He said:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my ·Savior [rescuer; T deliverer]. 3 My God is my rock. ·I can run to him for safety [L In whom I find protection/take refuge]. He is my shield and ·my saving strength [L the horn of my salvation; C symbolizes strength based on an animal lifting its head triumphantly], my ·defender [stronghold] and my ·place of safety [refuge]. The Lord saves me from ·those who want to harm me [L violence]. 4 I ·will call to [call upon] the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I ·will be [or am] saved from my enemies.
5 “The waves of death ·came around [swirled about; encompassed] me; the ·deadly rivers [floods/torrents of destruction] overwhelmed me. 6 The ·ropes of death [cords of the grave/Sheol] ·wrapped around [entangled; coiled around] me. The ·traps [snares] of death ·were before [confronted; lay ahead of] me. 7 In my ·trouble [distress; anguish] I ·called [cried out] to the Lord; I ·cried out [called] to my God. From his ·temple [sanctuary] he heard my voice; my ·call for help [cry] reached his ears.
8 “The earth ·trembled [reeled; quaked] and ·shook [rocked]. The foundations of heaven began to ·shake [shudder]. They ·trembled [reeled; quaked] because the Lord was angry. 9 Smoke ·came out of his nose [poured/rose from his nostrils], and ·burning [devouring] fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals ·went before [blazed/flamed out from] him. 10 He ·tore open [parted; bowed] the ·sky [heavens] and came down with ·dark clouds [storm clouds; thick darkness] under his feet. 11 He rode a ·creature with wings [cherub; C a mighty spiritual being/angel; Ezek. 1] and flew. ·He raced […soaring] on the wings of the wind. 12 He made darkness his ·shelter [canopy, shroud] surrounded by ·fog and [thick rain] clouds. 13 Out of the brightness ·of his presence [before him] ·came [blazed; flamed] ·flashes of lightning [L fiery coals]. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven; the ·Most High raised his voice [voice of the Most High resounded]. 15 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies. His bolts of lightning ·confused them with fear [routed them]. 16 ·The wind blew from his nose [L At the blast of breath from his nostrils…] when he spoke. Then the ·valleys [floor; channels] of the sea ·appeared [were exposed], and the foundations of the earth were ·seen [laid bare].
17 “The Lord reached down from ·above [heaven; on high] and ·took [rescued] me; he ·pulled me from the deep water [drew me out of mighty waters]. 18 He ·saved [rescued; T delivered] me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me, because they were too strong for me. 19 They ·attacked [confronted] me ·at my time of trouble [L in the day of my distress/calamity/disaster], but the Lord ·supported me [was my stay]. 20 He took me to a ·safe [spacious; open; L broad] place. Because he delights in me, he ·saved [rescued; T delivered] me.
21 “The Lord ·spared [rewarded] me ·because I did what was right [L according to my righteousness]. Because ·I have not done evil [of my innocence; L of the cleanness of my hands], he has ·rewarded [L restored] me. 22 I have ·followed [obeyed; kept; L guarded] the ways of the Lord; I have not done evil by turning from my God. 23 I ·remember [follow; L have before me] all his ·laws [regulations] and have not ·broken [abandoned; L turned from] his ·rules [statutes; ordinances; requirements]. 24 I am ·innocent [blameless] before him; I have kept myself from ·doing evil [sin; guilt; iniquity]. 25 The Lord ·rewarded [repaid] me ·because I did what was right [L according to my righteousness], ·because I did what the Lord said was right [L according to my cleanness/purity in his sight].
26 “Lord, you ·are [show yourself] ·loyal [faithful; kind] to those who are loyal [faithful; kind], and you are good to those who are good. 27 You ·are [show yourself] ·pure [sincere] to those who are pure [sincere], but you ·are [show yourself] ·against [hostile/shrewd/cunning/perverse to] those who are ·evil [perverse; devious; crooked]. 28 You ·save [rescue; T deliver] the ·humble [afflicted], but you ·bring down [watch and humiliate] ·those who are proud [the haughty]. 29 Lord, you ·give light to [L are] my lamp. The Lord ·brightens the darkness around me [lights up/illuminates my darkness]. 30 With your help I can ·attack [crush] an army. With God’s help I can ·jump over [scale] a wall.
31 “The ·ways [way; path] of God are ·without fault [blameless; perfect]; the Lord’s ·words [promises] are ·pure [tested; flawless; proven true]. He is a shield to those who ·trust [seek protection/take refuge in] him. 32 Who is God? Only the Lord. Who is the Rock? Only our God. 33 God ·is my protection [is my strong fortress; or girds me with strength]. He makes my way ·free from fault [perfect; secure; a wide path]. 34 He makes ·me [L my feet] like a deer [C surefooted]; he ·helps me stand [sets me] on the ·steep mountains [heights]. 35 He trains my hands for battle so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 36 You ·protect me with your saving shield [L have given me the shield of your salvation/victory]. ·You have stooped to make [Your help makes] me great. 37 You ·give me a better way to live [broaden my path; L widen my steps beneath me] so ·I live as you want me to [my feet do not slip/L ankles do not weaken]. 38 I ·chased [pursued] my enemies and ·destroyed [exterminated] them. I did not ·quit [turn back] till they were ·destroyed [annihilated; consumed]. 39 I ·destroyed [devoured; consumed] and ·crushed them [shattered them; struck them down] so they couldn’t ·rise [get] up again. They fell beneath my feet. 40 You ·gave me [L armed/girded me with] strength ·in [for] battle. You ·made my enemies bow [humbled/subdued my enemies] ·before me [under my feet]. 41 You made my enemies ·turn back [turn their backs; retreat], and I destroyed ·those who hated me [my foes]. 42 They ·called for help [looked around], but no one came to ·save [rescue] them. They ·called [looked] to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 43 I ·beat my enemies into pieces [ground/pulverized them], like dust ·on the ground [of the earth]. I ·poured them out and walked [crushed and stamped] on them like ·mud [mire] in the streets.
44 “You ·saved [rescued; T delivered] me when my people ·attacked me [quarreled; fought]. You kept me as the ·leader [ruler; head] of nations. People I never knew serve me. 45 Foreigners ·obey [cower/L cringe before] me. As soon as they hear ·me [of me], they obey me. 46 They all ·become afraid [lose heart/their courage] and ·tremble in [come trembling from] their ·hiding places [fortresses; strongholds].
47 “The Lord lives! May my Rock be ·praised [blessed]! Praise God, the Rock, ·who saves me […of my salvation]! 48 God gives me ·victory [revenge; vengeance] over my enemies and brings ·people [the nations] under ·my rule [me]. 49 He frees me from my enemies. “You ·set me over those who hate me [exalt/lift me above my enemies]. You ·saved [rescued; T delivered] me from violent people. 50 So I will ·praise [extol] you, Lord, among the nations. I will sing praises to your name. 51 The Lord ·gives great victories [is a tower of salvation] to his king. He ·is loyal [shows kindness/faithful love] to his ·appointed king [anointed], to David and his descendants forever.”
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