144 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord, my Rock [61:2], who trains ·me [L my hands] for war, who trains ·me [L my fingers] for battle. 2 ·He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me [L He is my loyal one and my fortress]. He is my ·defender [stronghold] and my ·Savior [rescuer], my shield ·and my protection [L in whom I find refuge]. He ·helps me keep my people under control [L subdues my people under me].
3 Lord, ·why are people important to you [L what are people that you care about them]? ·Why do you even think about human beings [L What are human beings that you think about them; 8:4]? 4 People are like ·a breath [vapor; 39:5, 11; 62:9; Eccl. 1:2]; their ·lives [L days] are like passing shadows [102:11; 109:23; Eccl. 6:12].
5 Lord, ·tear open [bend] the ·sky [heavens] and come down. Touch the mountains so they will smoke [18:9; Ex. 19:11, 18–19]. 6 Send the lightning and scatter ·my enemies [L them]. Shoot your arrows and ·force them away [rout them; 18:14]. 7 ·Reach down [L Send forth your hand] from above. ·Save me [Set me free] and ·rescue [protect] me ·out of this sea of enemies [L from the mighty waters; C symbolizing chaos], from ·these [L the hand/power of] foreigners. 8 ·They are liars [L Their mouths speak vanities/falsehood]; ·they are dishonest [L their right hand is a false right hand].
9 God, I will sing a new song [C celebrating victory; 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 149:1; Is. 42:10; Rev. 5:9; 14:3] to you; I will ·play [make a psalm] to you on the ten-stringed harp. 10 You give ·victory [salvation] to kings. You ·save [set free] your servant David from ·cruel [evil] swords. 11 ·Save me [Set me free], ·rescue [protect] me from ·these [L the hand/power of the] foreigners. ·They are liars [L Their mouths speak vanities/falsehood]; ·they are dishonest [L their right hand is a false right hand].
12 Let our sons in their youth ·grow like plants [or be like full-grown plants; C robust and vital; 128:3]. Let our daughters be like the ·decorated [cut] ·stones [or pillars] in the ·Temple [or palace; C stately and beautiful]. 13 Let our barns be filled with crops of all kinds. Let our sheep in the fields have thousands and tens of thousands of lambs. 14 Let our cattle be ·strong [well fed; or heavy with young]. Let ·no one break in [L there be no breach; or no miscarriage; C in the city walls]. Let there be no ·war [L going out; C in war or exile, or perhaps referring to premature birth], no screams in our ·streets [public areas].
15 ·Happy [Blessed] are ·those [L the people] who are like this; ·happy [blessed] are the people whose God is the Lord.
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