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Psalm 18:21-50Common English Bible (CEB)

21     because I have kept the Lord’s ways.
    I haven’t acted wickedly against my God.
22 All his rules are right in front of me;
    I haven’t turned away from any of his laws.
23 I have lived with integrity before him;
    I’ve kept myself from wrongdoing.
24 And so the Lord restored me for my righteousness
    because my hands are clean in his eyes.

25 You deal faithfully with the faithful;
    you show integrity
        toward the one who has integrity.
26 You are pure toward the pure,
    but toward the crooked, you are tricky.
27 You are the one who saves people who suffer
    and brings down those with proud eyes.
28 You are the one who lights my lamp—
    the Lord my God illumines my darkness.
29 With you I can charge into battle;
    with my God I can leap over a wall.
30 God! His way is perfect;
    the Lord’s word is tried and true.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

31 Now really, who is divine except the Lord?
    And who is a rock but our God?
32 Only God! The God who equips me with strength
    and makes my way perfect,
33     who makes my step as sure as the deer’s,
    who lets me stand securely on the heights,
34     who trains my hands for war
    so my arms can bend a bronze bow.
35 You’ve given me the shield of your salvation;
    your strong hand has supported me;
    your help has made me great.
36 You’ve let me walk fast and safe,
    without even twisting an ankle.
37 I chased my enemies and caught them!
    I didn’t come home until I finished them off.
38 I struck them down;
    they couldn’t get up again;
    they fell under my feet.
39 You equipped me with strength for war;
    you brought my adversaries down underneath me.
40 You made my enemies turn tail from me;
    I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help,
        but there was no one to save them.
    They cried for help to the Lord,
        but he wouldn’t answer them.
42 I crushed them
        like dust blown away by the wind;
    I threw them out
        like mud dumped in the streets.
43 You delivered me from struggles with many people;
    you appointed me the leader of many nations.
        Strangers come to serve me.
44 After hearing about me, they obey me;
    foreigners grovel before me.
45 Foreigners lose their nerve;
    they come trembling out of their fortresses.[a]

46 The Lord lives! Bless God, my rock!
    Let the God of my salvation be lifted high!
47 This is the God who avenges on my behalf,
    who subdues people before me,
48     who delivers me from my enemies.
Yes, you lifted me high above my adversaries;
        you delivered me from violent people.
49     That’s why I thank you, Lord,
        in the presence of the nations.
    That’s why I sing praises to your name.
50 You are the one who gives great victories to your king,
    who shows faithful love to your anointed one—
    to David and to his descendants forever.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 18:45 Or prisons
Common English Bible (CEB)

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