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.
The earth trembled(R) and quaked,(S)
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;(T)
    they trembled because he was angry.(U)
Smoke rose from his nostrils;(V)
    consuming fire(W) came from his mouth,
    burning coals(X) blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;(Y)
    dark clouds(Z) were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim(AA) and flew;
    he soared(AB) on the wings of the wind.(AC)
11 He made darkness his covering,(AD) his canopy(AE) around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence(AF) clouds advanced,
    with hailstones(AG) and bolts of lightning.(AH)
13 The Lord thundered(AI) from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows(AJ) and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning(AK) he routed them.(AL)
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations(AM) of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke,(AN) Lord,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.(AO)

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.(AP)
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,(AQ)
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.(AR)
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,(AS)
    but the Lord was my support.(AT)
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;(AU)
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.(AV)

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(AW)
    according to the cleanness of my hands(AX) he has rewarded me.(AY)
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;(AZ)
    I am not guilty of turning(BA) from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;(BB)
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless(BC) before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(BD)
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful(BE) you show yourself faithful,(BF)
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure(BG) you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(BH)
27 You save the humble(BI)
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.(BJ)
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp(BK) burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.(BL)
29 With your help(BM) I can advance against a troop[e];
    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:(BN)
    The Lord’s word is flawless;(BO)
    he shields(BP) all who take refuge(BQ) in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?(BR)
    And who is the Rock(BS) except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength(BT)
    and keeps my way secure.(BU)
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(BV)
    he causes me to stand on the heights.(BW)
34 He trains my hands for battle;(BX)
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains(BY) me;
    your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path(BZ) for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.(CA)

37 I pursued my enemies(CB) and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them(CC) so that they could not rise;(CD)
    they fell beneath my feet.(CE)
39 You armed me with strength(CF) for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries(CG) before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs(CH) in flight,
    and I destroyed(CI) my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them(CJ)
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.(CK)
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;(CL)
    I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.(CM)
People I did not know(CN) now serve me,
44     foreigners(CO) cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;(CP)
    they come trembling(CQ) from their strongholds.(CR)

46 The Lord lives!(CS) Praise be to my Rock!(CT)
    Exalted be God(CU) my Savior!(CV)
47 He is the God who avenges(CW) me,
    who subdues nations(CX) under me,
48     who saves(CY) me from my enemies.(CZ)
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man(DA) you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;(DB)
    I will sing(DC) the praises of your name.(DD)

50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,(DE)
    to David(DF) and to his descendants forever.(DG)

Psalm 19[g]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens(DH) declare(DI) the glory of God;(DJ)
    the skies(DK) proclaim the work of his hands.(DL)
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.(DM)
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[h] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.(DN)
In the heavens God has pitched a tent(DO) for the sun.(DP)
    It is like a bridegroom(DQ) coming out of his chamber,(DR)
    like a champion(DS) rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens(DT)
    and makes its circuit to the other;(DU)
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord(DV) is perfect,(DW)
    refreshing the soul.(DX)
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,(DY)
    making wise the simple.(DZ)
The precepts of the Lord are right,(EA)
    giving joy(EB) to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.(EC)
The fear of the Lord(ED) is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.(EE)

10 They are more precious than gold,(EF)
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,(EG)
    than honey from the honeycomb.(EH)
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.(EI)
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;(EJ)
    may they not rule over me.(EK)
Then I will be blameless,(EL)
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing(EM) in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock(EN) and my Redeemer.(EO)

Psalm 20[i]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;(EP)
    may the name of the God of Jacob(EQ) protect you.(ER)
May he send you help(ES) from the sanctuary(ET)
    and grant you support(EU) from Zion.(EV)
May he remember(EW) all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[j](EX)
May he give you the desire of your heart(EY)
    and make all your plans succeed.(EZ)
May we shout for joy(FA) over your victory
    and lift up our banners(FB) in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.(FC)

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.(FD)
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.(FE)
Some trust in chariots(FF) and some in horses,(FG)
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.(FH)
They are brought to their knees and fall,(FI)
    but we rise up(FJ) and stand firm.(FK)
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us(FL) when we call!

Psalm 21[k]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.(FM)
    How great is his joy in the victories you give!(FN)

You have granted him his heart’s desire(FO)
    and have not withheld the request of his lips.[l]
You came to greet him with rich blessings
    and placed a crown of pure gold(FP) on his head.(FQ)
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
    length of days, for ever and ever.(FR)
Through the victories(FS) you gave, his glory is great;
    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.(FT)
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy(FU) of your presence.(FV)
For the king trusts in the Lord;(FW)
    through the unfailing love(FX) of the Most High(FY)
    he will not be shaken.(FZ)

Your hand will lay hold(GA) on all your enemies;
    your right hand will seize your foes.
When you appear for battle,
    you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and his fire will consume them.(GB)
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    their posterity from mankind.(GC)
11 Though they plot evil(GD) against you
    and devise wicked schemes,(GE) they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs(GF)
    when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted(GG) in your strength, Lord;(GH)
    we will sing and praise your might.


  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.
  4. Psalm 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
  5. Psalm 18:29 Or can run through a barricade
  6. Psalm 18:42 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out
  7. Psalm 19:1 In Hebrew texts 19:1-14 is numbered 19:2-15.
  8. Psalm 19:4 Septuagint, Jerome and Syriac; Hebrew measuring line
  9. Psalm 20:1 In Hebrew texts 20:1-9 is numbered 20:2-10.
  10. Psalm 20:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  11. Psalm 21:1 In Hebrew texts 21:1-13 is numbered 21:2-14.
  12. Psalm 21:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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