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.

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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.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.(A)
People I did not know(B) now serve me,
44     foreigners(C) cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;(D)
    they come trembling(E) from their strongholds.(F)

46 The Lord lives!(G) Praise be to my Rock!(H)
    Exalted be God(I) my Savior!(J)
47 He is the God who avenges(K) me,
    who subdues nations(L) under me,
48     who saves(M) me from my enemies.(N)
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man(O) you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;(P)
    I will sing(Q) the praises of your name.(R)

50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,(S)
    to David(T) and to his descendants forever.(U)

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