22 David composed the words of this song to the Lord the very day the Lord delivered him from the domination[a] of all of his enemies, including from Saul’s hands. 2 This is what[b] he said:
Lord, you are[c] my stone stronghold and my fortified place; you are continuously delivering[d] me. 3 He is my God, my strong stone— in him I will find my refuge— my shield, the strength[e] of my salvation, my high tower, my way of escape, and the one who is saving me. You will save me from violence. 4 As I am praising him,[f] I will call out to the Lord, and I will be saved from my enemies.
5 Because deadly breakers[g] engulfed me, while torrents of abuse[h] from the ungodly overwhelmed[i] me. 6 Binding ropes from Sheol entangled me while lethal snares hindered me.
7 I cried out to the Lord in the middle of my troubles; I cried out to my God. He listened to my voice from his sanctuary, and my call for help was heard.
8 Just then the earth shook and trembled! The foundations of heaven reeled and quaked because the Lord[j] was angry. 9 Smoke poured out of his nostrils, and fire from his mouth kindling coals to flame by it. 10 He deformed heaven itself as he descended. Thick darkness enveloped his feet. 11 He rode on a cherub and flew, soaring on the wings of the wind! 12 The darkness around him was his canopies— amassed water was his overhanging clouds! 13 From the shining light[k] that was his presence[l] coals of fire blazed into flame!
14 The Lord roared from heaven! The Most High let his voice be heard! 15 He launched his arrows and scattered them— his lightning routed them. 16 The currents of the sea were revealed and the foundations of the world were exposed at the rebuke of the Lord and at the blazing breath from his nostrils! 17 He sent for me from on high! He grabbed hold of me, drawing me out of deep water. 18 He rescued me from my strong enemy— from those who hate me continually, since they were stronger than I. 19 They confronted me when I was in trouble,[m] but the Lord remained my support! 20 He brought me to a wide open area, rescuing me because he was pleased with me!
21 The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness, rewarding me according to the degree of my innocence,[n] 22 because I have kept the Lord’s way— I haven’t willfully abandoned my God— 23 and because all of his decrees remain in my thoughts,[o] I have not turned aside from his statutes, 24 I have been innocent before him, and I’ve kept myself from incurring[p] guilt. 25 The Lord has repaid me according to my righteousness, that is, according to my clean standing as he[q] looks at me.[r]
26 In the company of the gracious you demonstrate your gracious love. In the company of the blamelessly valiant you demonstrate your blamelessness. 27 In the company of the pure you demonstrate your purity. In the company of the perverted you will appear to be perverse.
28 You save the nation who is humble but your eyes watch the proud, to bring them down. 29 For you are my lamp, Lord, the Lord who illuminates my darkness. 30 By you I devastate armies, by my God I scale walls. 31 This God! His way is perfect! What the Lord declares proves true. He shields[s] everyone who flees for protection to him!
32 For who is God apart from the Lord? And who is a Rock, apart from our God? 33 This God is my strong place of valor! He has made my life[t] blameless. 34 He has made my feet like those of a deer, setting me secure on his high places! 35 He has trained my hands for battle readiness— I can bend a bow made out of bronze. 36 He has equipped me with the shield that is your salvation, Your gentleness[u] has made me great. 37 You’ve made room beneath me for my footsteps, and my feet didn’t slip. 38 I pursued my enemies and conquered them; I didn’t return until they were consumed. 39 I devoured them, striking them down until they could not get up again. They fell beneath my feet. 40 You strengthened me with valor sufficient for the battle; you made those who rebelled against me fall beneath me. 41 You made my enemies turn and run—[v] that is, those who hate me— and I destroyed them! 42 They looked around, but there was no one to save[w] them[x]— they looked[y] to the Lord, but he paid no attention! 43 I pulverized them to powder, like the dust of the earth; I crushed them, stomping on them like mud on a street.
44 You delivered me from civil war among my own people. You preserved me as head of the nations. People whom I had never known served me! 45 Foreigners[z] came cringing to me; they obeyed as soon as they heard[aa] me. 46 Foreigners[ab] lost their courage, coming trembling from their strongholds.
47 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock, and may my God be exalted, the Rock who is my salvation! 48 The God who keeps on avenging me, subjugating people beneath me, 49 delivering me from my enemies. You exalted me above those who rebelled against me, delivering me from violent men.
50 Because of all of this I will praise you among the nations, Lord, and I will sing praises to your name! 51 Great is the salvation he brings to his king, showing gracious love to his anointed, to David and to his offspring[ac] forever.
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