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David’s Song of Deliverance(A)

22 David sang this song to Yahweh when Yahweh rescued him from all his enemies, especially from Saul. He said,

Yahweh is my rock and my Metsuda and my Savior,
my Elohim, my rock in whom I take refuge, my Magen,
    the strength of my salvation, my stronghold,
        my refuge, and my Savior who saved me from violence.
Yahweh should be praised.
    I called on him, and I was saved from my enemies.

The waves of death had surrounded me.
    The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me.
The ropes of the grave had surrounded me.
    The clutches of death had confronted me.

I called on Yahweh in my distress.
    I called to my Elohim for help.
        He heard my voice from his temple,
            and my cry for help reached his ears.
Then the earth shook and quaked.
    Even the foundations of the heavens trembled.
        They shook violently because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
    and a raging fire came out of his mouth.
        Glowing coals flared up from it.
10 He spread apart the heavens
    and came down with a dark cloud under his feet.
11 He rode on one of the angels[a] as he flew,
    and he soared on the wings of the wind.
12 He surrounded himself with darkness.
    He made the dark rain clouds his covering.
13 Out of the brightness in front of him, he made lightning.
14 Yahweh thundered from heaven.
The Elyon made his voice heard.
15 He shot arrows and scattered them.
He flashed streaks of lightning and threw them into confusion.
16 Then the ocean floor could be seen.
    The foundations of the earth were laid bare
        at Yahweh’s stern warning,
        at the blast of the breath from his nostrils.

17 He reached down from high above and took hold of me.
He pulled me out of the raging water.
18 He rescued me from my strong enemy
    and from those who hated me,
        because they were too strong for me.
19 On the day when I faced disaster, they confronted me,
    but Yahweh became my defense.
20 He brought me out to a wide-open place.
    He rescued me because he was pleased with me.

21 Yahweh rewarded me
    because of my righteousness,
    because my hands are clean.
He paid me back
22 because I have kept the ways of Yahweh
    and I have not wickedly turned away from my Elohim,
23 because all his judgments are in front of me
    and I have not turned away from his laws.
24 I was innocent as far as he was concerned.
    I have kept myself from guilt.
25 Yahweh paid me back
    because of my righteousness,
    because he can see that I am clean.

26 In dealing with faithful people you are faithful,
    with innocent warriors you are innocent,
27 with pure people you are pure.
In dealing with devious people you are clever.

28 You save humble people,
    but your eyes bring down arrogant people.
29 O Yahweh, you are my lamp.
    Yahweh turns my darkness into light.
30 With you I can attack a line of soldiers.
    With my Elohim I can break through barricades.

31 Elohim’s way is perfect!
    The promise of Yahweh has proven to be true.
        He is a Magen to all those who take refuge in him.
32 Who is Elohim but Yahweh?
    Who is a rock other than our Elohim?
33 El arms me with strength.[b]
His perfect way sets me free.
34 He makes my feet like those of a deer
    and gives me sure footing on high places.
35 He trains my hands for battle
    so that my arms can bend an archer’s bow of bronze.
36 You have given me the shield of your salvation.
Your help makes me great.
37 You make a wide path for me to walk on
    so that my feet do not slip.
38 I chased my enemies and destroyed them.
I did not return until I had ended their lives.
39 I ended their lives by shattering them.
    They were unable to get up.
    They fell under my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle.
You made my opponents bow at my feet.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
    and I destroyed those who hated me.
42 They looked, but there was no one to save them.
They looked to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.
43 I beat them into a powder as fine as the dust on the ground.
    I crushed them and stomped on them like the dirt on the streets.
44 You rescued me from my conflicts with my people.
You kept me as the leader of nations.
    A people I did not know will serve me.
45 Foreigners will cringe in front of me.
    As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me.
46 Foreigners will lose heart,
    although they are armed[c] in their fortifications.

47 Yahweh lives!
    Thanks be to my rock!
        May Elohim, the rock of my salvation, be glorified.
48 El gives me vengeance!
    He brings people under my authority.
49 He frees me from my enemies.
    You lift me up above my opponents.
        You rescue me from violent people.
50 That is why I will give thanks to you, O Yahweh, among the nations
    and make music to praise your name.
51 He gives great victories to his king.
He shows mercy to his anointed,
    to David, and to his descendant[d] forever.


  1. 2 Samuel 22:11 Or “cherubim.”
  2. 2 Samuel 22:33 Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalm 18:33, Greek, Syriac, Latin; Masoretic Text “my refuge is strength.”
  3. 2 Samuel 22:46 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  4. 2 Samuel 22:51 Or “to his descendants.”

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