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Psalm 144[a]

A Prayer for Victory and Prosperity

Of David.


[b]Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for battle,
    my fingers for war;

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  1. Psalm 144 The Psalm may reflect a ceremony in which the king, as leader of the army, asked God’s help (Ps 144:1–8). In Ps 144:9 the poem shifts abruptly from pleading to thanksgiving, and (except for Ps 144:11) shifts again to prayer for the people. The first section (Ps 144:1–2) is a prayer of thanks for victory; the second (Ps 144:3–7a), a humble acknowledgment of human nothingness and a supplication that God show forth saving power; the third (Ps 144:9–11), a promise of future thanksgiving; the fourth (Ps 144:12–15), a wish for prosperity and peace. A prayer for deliverance from treacherous foes serves as a refrain after the second and third sections (Ps 144:7b–8, 11). Except for its final section, the Psalm is made up almost entirely of verses from other Psalms.
  2. 144:1–2 Composed of phrases from Ps 18:3, 35, 47–48.

My safeguard and my fortress,
    my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.

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O God, a new song I will sing to you;
    on a ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.(A)
10 You give victory to kings;
    you delivered David your servant.(B)
From the menacing sword

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