Psalm 18[a](A)

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.(B)

The Lord is my rock,(C) my fortress(D) and my deliverer;(E)
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(F)
    my shield[b](G) and the horn[c] of my salvation,(H) my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,(I)
    and I have been saved from my enemies.(J)
The cords of death(K) entangled me;
    the torrents(L) of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death(M) confronted me.

In my distress(N) I called to the Lord;(O)
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;(P)
    my cry came(Q) before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled(R) and quaked,(S)
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;(T)
    they trembled because he was angry.(U)
Smoke rose from his nostrils;(V)
    consuming fire(W) came from his mouth,
    burning coals(X) blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;(Y)
    dark clouds(Z) were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim(AA) and flew;
    he soared(AB) on the wings of the wind.(AC)
11 He made darkness his covering,(AD) his canopy(AE) around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence(AF) clouds advanced,
    with hailstones(AG) and bolts of lightning.(AH)
13 The Lord thundered(AI) from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows(AJ) and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning(AK) he routed them.(AL)
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations(AM) of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke,(AN) Lord,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.(AO)

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.(AP)
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,(AQ)
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.(AR)
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,(AS)
    but the Lord was my support.(AT)
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;(AU)
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.(AV)

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  1. Psalm 18:1 In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
  2. Psalm 18:2 Or sovereign
  3. Psalm 18:2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  4. Psalm 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning

24 Remember to extol his work,(A)
    which people have praised in song.(B)
25 All humanity has seen it;(C)
    mortals gaze on it from afar.
26 How great is God—beyond our understanding!(D)
    The number of his years is past finding out.(E)

27 “He draws up the drops of water,(F)
    which distill as rain to the streams[a];(G)
28 the clouds pour down their moisture
    and abundant showers(H) fall on mankind.(I)
29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds,
    how he thunders(J) from his pavilion?(K)
30 See how he scatters his lightning(L) about him,
    bathing the depths of the sea.(M)
31 This is the way he governs[b] the nations(N)
    and provides food(O) in abundance.(P)
32 He fills his hands with lightning
    and commands it to strike its mark.(Q)
33 His thunder announces the coming storm;(R)
    even the cattle make known its approach.[c](S)

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  1. Job 36:27 Or distill from the mist as rain
  2. Job 36:31 Or nourishes
  3. Job 36:33 Or announces his coming— / the One zealous against evil

14 “Listen(A) to this, Job;
    stop and consider God’s wonders.(B)
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
    and makes his lightning(C) flash?(D)
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,(E)
    those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?(F)
17 You who swelter in your clothes
    when the land lies hushed under the south wind,(G)
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,(H)
    hard as a mirror of cast bronze?(I)

19 “Tell us what we should say to him;(J)
    we cannot draw up our case(K) because of our darkness.(L)
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
    Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
21 Now no one can look at the sun,(M)
    bright as it is in the skies
    after the wind has swept them clean.
22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;(N)
    God comes in awesome majesty.(O)
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;(P)
    in his justice(Q) and great righteousness, he does not oppress.(R)
24 Therefore, people revere him,(S)
    for does he not have regard for all the wise(T) in heart?[a]

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  1. Job 37:24 Or for he does not have regard for any who think they are wise.

Jesus Calms the Storm(A)(B)

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith,(C) why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.(D)

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

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