1 Blessed be the Eternal, my rock. He trains my hands for war, gives me the skills I need for battle. 2 He is my unfailing love and my citadel. He is my tower of strength and my deliverer. He is my shield of protection and my shelter; He holds my people in check under me.
3 O Eternal One, what is man, that You even care to know him? or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? 4 Humans are like a passing breath; their time on earth is like a shadow that passes over us during the day and soon is gone.
5 Eternal One, stretch out an opening in the heavens, and descend. Touch the mountains, and make them smoke. 6 Send forth bolts of lightning, and scatter my enemies. Shoot Your fiery arrows, and rout the enemy. 7 Reach down from Your high place; save me out of the great waters; rescue me from the grasp of these foreigners 8 Who speak only lies and don’t have truth in their deeds.
9 To You, my God, I will sing a new song; I will sing Your sweet praises to the sound of a ten-stringed harp, 10 For You deliver kings from their enemies and You rescue Your servant, David, from the sword of evil. 11 Rescue me, and save me from the grasp of these foreigners Who speak only lies and don’t have truth in their deeds.
12 May our sons be like healthy plants as they grow and mature, And may our daughters be like the corner pillars that decorate a palace. 13 May our storehouses be full with abundant supplies of every crop, And may the flocks of our fields multiply into thousands and tens of thousands! 14 May our cattle be strong and productive, without miscarriage, without loss, and may there be no riots or protests in our streets!
15 Happy are the people for whom all this is true; happy are the people whose God is the Eternal!
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