21 For I have (A)kept the ways of the Lord,
    and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For (B)all his rules[a] were before me,
    and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was (C)blameless before him,
    and I kept myself from my guilt.
24 So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With (D)the merciful you show yourself merciful;
    with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26 with the purified you show yourself pure;
    and with (E)the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27 For you save (F)a humble people,
    but (G)the haughty eyes you bring down.
28 For it is you who light my (H)lamp;
    the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29 For by you I can run against a troop,
    and by my God I can (I)leap over (J)a wall.
30 This God—his way is (K)perfect;[b]
    the word of the Lord (L)proves true;
    he is (M)a shield for all those who (N)take refuge in him.

31 For (O)who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is (P)a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who (Q)equipped me with strength
    and made my way (R)blameless.
33 He made my feet like the feet of a (S)deer
    and set me secure on (T)the heights.
34 He (U)trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
    and your right hand (V)supported me,
    and your (W)gentleness made me great.
36 You (X)gave a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
    and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
    they fell under my feet.
39 For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
    you made those who rise against me sink under me.
40 You made my enemies (Y)turn their backs to me,[c]
    and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 (Z)They cried for help, but there was none to save;
    they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine as (AA)dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like (AB)the mire of the streets.

43 You delivered me from (AC)strife with the people;
    you made me (AD)the head of the nations;
    (AE)people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
    (AF)foreigners (AG)came cringing to me.
45 (AH)Foreigners lost heart
    and (AI)came trembling out of their fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation—
47 the God who gave me vengeance
    and (AJ)subdued peoples under me,
48 who rescued me from my enemies;
    yes, you (AK)exalted me above those who rose against me;
    you delivered me from (AL)the man of violence.

49 (AM)For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
    and (AN)sing to your name.
50 Great (AO)salvation he brings to his king,
    and shows steadfast love to his (AP)anointed,
    to (AQ)David and his offspring forever.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 18:22 Or just decrees
  2. Psalm 18:30 Or blameless
  3. Psalm 18:40 Or You gave me my enemies' necks

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