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Psalm 18 

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of Jehovah, who spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: and he said,

1I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength. 2Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. 3I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from mine enemies. 4The cords of death compassed me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 5The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me. 6In my distress I called upon Jehovah, And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry before him came into his ears.

7Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the mountains quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth. 8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. 9He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet. 10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion round about him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 12At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

13Jehovah also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered his voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. 14And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them. 15Then the channels of waters appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare, At thy rebuke, O Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters. 17He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me. 18They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay. 19He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 21For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 22For all his ordinances were before me, And I put not away his statutes from me. 23I was also perfect with him, And I kept myself from mine iniquity. 24Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 25With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect; 26With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward. 27For thou wilt save the afflicted people; But the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down.

28For thou wilt light my lamp: Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness. 29For by thee I run upon a troop; And by my God do I leap over a wall. 30As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him.

31For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, besides our God, 32The God that girdeth me with strength, And maketh my way perfect? 33He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: And setteth me upon my high places. 34He teacheth my hands to war; So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.

35Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; And thy right hand hath holden me up, And thy gentleness hath made me great. 36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

37I will pursue mine enemies, and overtake them; Neither will I turn again till they are consumed. 38I will smite them through, so that they shall not be able to rise: They shall fall under my feet. 39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. 40Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me, That I might cut off them that hate me. 41They cried, but there was none to save; Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not. 42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind; I did cast them out as the mire of the streets.

43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; Thou hast made me the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 44As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me; The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me. 45The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their close places. 46Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation, 47Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, And subdueth peoples under me. 48He rescueth me from mine enemies; Yea, thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me; Thou deliverest me from the violent man. 49Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing praises unto thy name. 50Great deliverance giveth he to his king, And showeth lovingkindness to his anointed, To David and to his seed, for evermore.

Psalm 19  For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork. 2Day unto day uttereth speech, And night unto night showeth knowledge. 3There is no speech nor language; Their voice is not heard. 4Their line is gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course. 6His going forth is from the end of the heavens, And his circuit unto the ends of it; And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 7The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul: The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple. 8The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever: The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: In keeping them there is great reward. 12Who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults. 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me: Then shall I be upright, And I shall be clear from great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in thy sight, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer.

Psalm 20  For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1Jehovah answer thee in the day of trouble; The name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high; 2Send thee help from the sanctuary, And strengthen thee out of Zion; 3Remember all thy offerings, And accept thy burnt-sacrifice; Selah 4Grant thee thy heart's desire, And fulfil all thy counsel. 5We will triumph in thy salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners: Jehovah fulfil all thy petitions. 6Now know I that Jehovah saveth his anointed; He will answer him from his holy heaven With the saving strength of his right hand. 7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will make mention of the name of Jehovah our God. 8They are bowed down and fallen; But we are risen, and stand upright. 9Save, Jehovah: Let the King answer us when we call.

Psalm 21  For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1The king shall joy in thy strength, O Jehovah; And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 2Thou hast given him his heart's desire, And hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah 3For thou meetest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head. 4He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him, Even length of days for ever and ever. 5His glory is great in thy salvation: Honor and majesty dost thou lay upon him. 6For thou makest him most blessed for ever: Thou makest him glad with joy in thy presence. 7For the king trusteth in Jehovah; And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he shall not be moved. 8Thy hand will find out all thine enemies; Thy right hand will find out those that hate thee. 9Thou wilt make them as a fiery furnace in the time of thine anger: Jehovah will swallow them up in his wrath, And the fire shall devour them. 10Their fruit wilt thou destroy from the earth, And their seed from among the children of men. 11For they intended evil against thee; They conceived a device which they are not able to perform. 12For thou wilt make them turn their back; Thou wilt make ready with thy bowstrings against their face. 13Be thou exalted, O Jehovah, in thy strength: So will we sing and praise thy power.Other Versions