25 (A)With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And (B)with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
27 For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down (C)haughty looks.

28 (D)For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by You I can [a]run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
30 As for God, (E)His way is perfect;
(F)The word of the Lord is [b]proven;
He is a shield (G)to all who trust in Him.

31 (H)For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who (I)arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
33 (J)He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And (K)sets me on my high places.
34 (L)He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
36 You enlarged my path under me,
(M)So my feet did not slip.

37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;
Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
38 I have wounded them,
So that they could not rise;
They have fallen under my feet.
39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
You have [c]subdued under me those who rose up against me.
40 You have also given me the necks of my enemies,
So that I destroyed those who hated me.
41 They cried out, but there was none to save;
(N)Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
42 Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind;
I (O)cast them out like dirt in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;
(P)You have made me the head of the [d]nations;
(Q)A people I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me they obey me;
The foreigners [e]submit to me.
45 (R)The foreigners fade away,
And come frightened from their hideouts.

46 The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God who avenges me,
(S)And subdues the peoples under me;
48 He delivers me from my enemies.
(T)You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the violent man.
49 (U)Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the [f]Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your name.

50 (V)Great deliverance He gives to His king,
And shows mercy to His anointed,
To David and his [g]descendants forevermore.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 18:29 Or run through
  2. Psalm 18:30 Lit. refined
  3. Psalm 18:39 Lit. caused to bow
  4. Psalm 18:43 Gentiles
  5. Psalm 18:44 feign submission
  6. Psalm 18:49 nations
  7. Psalm 18:50 Lit. seed