144 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; 2 My [steadfast] lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my rescuer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3 Lord, what is man that You take notice of him? Or the son of man that You think of him? 4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a shadow that passes away.
5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6 Flash lightning and scatter my enemies; Send out Your arrows and confuse and embarrass and frustrate them. 7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Set me free and rescue me from great waters, Out of the hands of [hostile] foreigners [who surround us] 8 Whose mouths speak deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, 10 Who gives salvation to kings, Who sets David His servant free from the evil sword. 11 Set me free and rescue me from the hand of [hostile] foreigners, Whose mouth speaks deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 Let our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace; 13 Let our barns be full, supplying every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, And let there be no outcry in our streets! 15 How blessed and favored are the people in such circumstance; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored] are the people whose God is the Lord!
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