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You are my mighty rock,[a]
    my fortress, my protector,
    the rock where I am safe,
my shield,
    my powerful weapon,[b]
    and my place of shelter.

I praise you, Lord!
    I prayed, and you rescued me
    from my enemies.
Death had wrapped
    its ropes around me,
    and I was almost swallowed
    by its flooding waters.

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Footnotes

  1. 18.2 mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.
  2. 18.2 my powerful weapon: The Hebrew text has “the horn,” which refers to the horn of a bull, one of the most powerful animals in ancient Palestine.

47 You took revenge for me,
    and you put nations
    in my power.

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