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2 Samuel 22 World English Bible (WEB)

22 David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul, and he said:

“Yahweh is my rock,
    my fortress,
    and my deliverer, even mine;
God is my rock in whom I take refuge;
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
    my high tower, and my refuge.
    My savior, you save me from violence.
I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised;
    So shall I be saved from my enemies.
For the waves of death surrounded me.
    The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The cords of Sheol[a] were around me.
    The snares of death caught me.
In my distress, I called on Yahweh.
    Yes, I called to my God.
He heard my voice out of his temple.
    My cry came into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled.
    The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,
    because he was angry.
Smoke went up out of his nostrils.
    Consuming fire came out of his mouth.
    Coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down.
    Thick darkness was under his feet.
11 He rode on a cherub, and flew.
    Yes, he was seen on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness a shelter around himself:
    gathering of waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 At the brightness before him,
    coals of fire were kindled.
14 Yahweh thundered from heaven.
    The Most High uttered his voice.
15 He sent out arrows, and scattered them;
    lightning, and confused them.
16 Then the channels of the sea appeared.
    The foundations of the world were laid bare by Yahweh’s rebuke,
    at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from on high and he took me.
    He drew me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
    from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19 They came on me in the day of my calamity,
    but Yahweh was my support.
20 He also brought me out into a large place.
    He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness.
    He rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands.
22 For I have kept Yahweh’s ways,
    and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his ordinances were before me.
    As for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also perfect toward him.
    I kept myself from my iniquity.
25 Therefore Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    According to my cleanness in his eyesight.
26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.
    With the perfect man you will show yourself perfect.
27     With the pure you will show yourself pure.
    With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.
28 You will save the afflicted people,
    But your eyes are on the haughty, that you may bring them down.
29 For you are my lamp, Yahweh.
    Yahweh will light up my darkness.
30 For by you, I run against a troop.
    By my God, I leap over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect.
    Yahweh’s word is tested.
    He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God, besides Yahweh?
    Who is a rock, besides our God?
33 God is my strong fortress.
    He makes my way perfect.
34 He makes his feet like hinds’ feet,
    and sets me on my high places.
35 He teaches my hands to war,
    so that my arms bend a bow of brass.
36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation.
    Your gentleness has made me great.
37 You have enlarged my steps under me.
    My feet have not slipped.
38 I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them.
    I didn’t turn again until they were consumed.
39 I have consumed them,
    and struck them through,
    so that they can’t arise.
    Yes, they have fallen under my feet.
40 For you have armed me with strength for the battle.
    You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
41 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
    that I might cut off those who hate me.
42 They looked, but there was no one to save;
    even to Yahweh, but he didn’t answer them.
43 Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth.
    I crushed them as the mire of the streets, and spread them abroad.
44 You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people.
    You have kept me to be the head of the nations.
    A people whom I have not known will serve me.
45 The foreigners will submit themselves to me.
    As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me.
46 The foreigners will fade away,
    and will come trembling out of their close places.
47 Yahweh lives!
    Blessed be my rock!
Exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,
48     even the God who executes vengeance for me,
    who brings down peoples under me,
49     who brings me away from my enemies.
Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.
    You deliver me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations,
    and will sing praises to your name.
51 He gives great deliverance to his king,
    and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
    to David and to his offspring,[b] forever more.”


  1. 2 Samuel 22:6 Sheol is the place of the dead.
  2. 2 Samuel 22:51 or, seed
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2 Samuel 22 New International Version (NIV)

David’s Song of Praise

22 David 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:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield[a] and the horn[b] of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
    from violent people you save me.

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and have been saved from my enemies.
The waves of death swirled about me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

“In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came to his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    the foundations of the heavens[c] shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared[d] on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his canopy around him—
    the dark[e] rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence
    bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at the rebuke of the Lord,
    at the blast of breath from his nostrils.

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

21 “The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
23 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
24 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
25 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to my cleanness[f] in his sight.

26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 to the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
28 You save the humble,
    but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
29 You, Lord, are my lamp;
    the Lord turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop[g];
    with my God I can scale a wall.

31 “As for God, his way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength[h]
    and keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 You make your saving help my shield;
    your help has made[i] me great.
37 You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

38 “I pursued my enemies and crushed them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely, and they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
40 You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.
41 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
42 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;
    I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.

44 “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples;
    you have preserved me as the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
45     foreigners cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
46 They all lose heart;
    they come trembling[j] from their strongholds.

47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 He is the God who avenges me,
    who puts the nations under me,
49     who sets me free from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
50 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.

51 “He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
    to David and his descendants forever.”


  1. 2 Samuel 22:3 Or sovereign
  2. 2 Samuel 22:3 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  3. 2 Samuel 22:8 Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:7) mountains
  4. 2 Samuel 22:11 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared
  5. 2 Samuel 22:12 Septuagint (see also Psalm 18:11); Hebrew massed
  6. 2 Samuel 22:25 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:24) to the cleanness of my hands
  7. 2 Samuel 22:30 Or can run through a barricade
  8. 2 Samuel 22:33 Dead Sea Scrolls, some Septuagint manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Psalm 18:32); Masoretic Text who is my strong refuge
  9. 2 Samuel 22:36 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text shield; / you stoop down to make
  10. 2 Samuel 22:46 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate (see also Psalm 18:45); Masoretic Text they arm themselves
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