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Psalm 144 New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 144

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
    He trains my hands for war
    and gives my fingers skill for battle.
He is my loving ally and my fortress,
    my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
    He makes the nations[a] submit to me.

O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
    mere mortals that you should think about them?
For they are like a breath of air;
    their days are like a passing shadow.

Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
    Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
    Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
    rescue me from deep waters,
    from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

I will sing a new song to you, O God!
    I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
10 For you grant victory to kings!
    You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
11 Save me!
    Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

12 May our sons flourish in their youth
    like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
    carved to beautify a palace.
13 May our barns be filled
    with crops of every kind.
May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
    even tens of thousands,
14     and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cries of alarm in our town squares.
15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
    Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. 144:2 Some manuscripts read my people.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 144 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Rescue Me

144 King David’s poetic song as he stood before Goliath[a]
There is only one strong, safe, and secure place for me;
    it’s in God alone and I love him!
    He’s the one who gives me strength and skill for the battle.
He’s my shelter of love and my fortress of faith,
    who wraps himself around me as a secure shield.
    I hide myself in this one who subdues enemies before me.
Lord, what is it about us that you would even notice us?
    Why do you even bother with us?
For man is nothing but a faint whisper, a mere breath.
    We spend our days like nothing more than a passing shadow.
Step down from heaven, Lord, and come down!
    Make the mountains melt at your touch.
Loose your fiery lightning flashes and scatter your enemies.
    Overthrow them with your terrifying judgments.
Reach down from your heavens
    and rescue me from this hell,
    and deliver me from these dark powers.
They speak nothing but lies; their words are pure deceit.
    Nothing they say can ever be trusted.
My God, I will sing you a brand-new song!
    The harp inside my heart will make music to you!
10 I will sing of you, the one who gives victory to kings—
    the one who rescues David, your loving servant,
    from the fatal sword.
11 Deliver me and save me from these dark powers
    who speak nothing but lies.
    Their words are pure deceit
    and you can’t trust anything they say.
12 Deliver us! Then our homes will be happy.
    Our sons will grow up as strong, sturdy men
    and our daughters with graceful beauty,
    royally fashioned as for a palace.
13–14 Our barns will be filled to the brim,
    overflowing with the fruits of our harvest.
    Our fields will be full of sheep and cattle,
    too many to count,
    and our livestock will not miscarry their young.
    Our enemies will not invade our land,
    and there’ll be no breach in our walls.
15 What bliss we experience when these blessings fall!
    The people who love and serve our God will be happy indeed!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 144:1 As translated from the Septuagint. Put yourself in David’s place as he faced a giant named Goliath. Imagine how he felt as you read through this psalm.
The Passion Translation (TPT)

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Psalm 144 Living Bible (TLB)

144 Bless the Lord who is my immovable Rock. He gives me strength and skill in battle. He is always kind and loving to me; he is my fortress, my tower of strength and safety, my deliverer. He stands before me as a shield. He subdues my people under me.

O Lord, what is man that you even notice him? Why bother at all with the human race?[a] For man is but a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Bend down the heavens, Lord, and come. The mountains smoke beneath your touch.

Let loose your lightning bolts, your arrows, Lord, upon your enemies, and scatter them.

Reach down from heaven and rescue me; deliver me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies. Their mouths are filled with lies; they swear to the truth of what is false.

I will sing you a new song, O God, with a ten-stringed harp. 10 For you grant victory to kings! You are the one who will rescue your servant David from the fatal sword. 11 Save me! Deliver me from these enemies, these liars, these treacherous men.

12-15 Here is my description of[b] a truly happy land where Jehovah is God:

Sons vigorous and tall as growing plants.
Daughters of graceful beauty like the pillars of a palace wall.
Barns full to the brim with crops of every kind.
Sheep by the thousands out in our fields.
Oxen loaded down with produce.
No enemy attacking the walls, but peace everywhere.
No crime in our streets.
Yes, happy are those whose God is Jehovah.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 144:3 Why bother at all with the human race? literally, “Or the son of man that you take account of him?”
  2. Psalm 144:12 Here is my description of, implied.
Living Bible (TLB)

The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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