31 “As for God, his way is perfect:(A)
    The Lord’s word is flawless;(B)
    he shields(C) all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock(D) except our God?(E)
33 It is God who arms me with strength[a]
    and keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(F)
    he causes me to stand on the heights.(G)
35 He trains my hands(H) for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow(I) of bronze.
36 You make your saving help my shield;(J)
    your help has made[b] me great.
37 You provide a broad path(K) for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

38 “I pursued my enemies and crushed them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed(L) them completely, and they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.(M)
41 You made my enemies turn their backs(N) in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help,(O) but there was no one to save them—(P)
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.(Q)
43 I beat them as fine as the dust(R) of the earth;
    I pounded and trampled(S) them like mud(T) in the streets.

44 “You have delivered(U) me from the attacks of the peoples;
    you have preserved(V) me as the head of nations.
People(W) I did not know now serve me,
45     foreigners cower(X) before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.(Y)
46 They all lose heart;
    they come trembling[c](Z) from their strongholds.

47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted(AA) be my God, the Rock, my Savior!(AB)
48 He is the God who avenges(AC) me,(AD)
    who puts the nations under me,
49     who sets me free from my enemies.(AE)
You exalted me(AF) above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises(AG) of your name.(AH)

51 “He gives his king great victories;(AI)
    he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,(AJ)
    to David(AK) and his descendants forever.”(AL)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 22:33 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
  2. 2 Samuel 22:36 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; / you stoop down to make
  3. 2 Samuel 22:46 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves