22:1 1 David sang2 to the Lord the words of this song when3 the Lord rescued him from the power4 of all his enemies, including Saul.5 22:2 He said:
“The Lord is my high ridge,6 my stronghold,7 my deliverer.
22:3 My God8 is my rocky summit where I take shelter,9
my shield, the horn that saves me,10 my stronghold,
my refuge, my savior. You save me from violence!11
22:4 I called12 to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,13
and I was delivered from my enemies.
22:5 The waves of death engulfed me;
the currents14 of chaos15 overwhelmed me.16
22:6 The ropes of Sheol17 tightened around me;18
the snares of death trapped me.19
22:7 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I called to my God.20
From his heavenly temple21 he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help.22
22:8 The earth heaved and shook;23
the foundations of the sky24 trembled.25
They heaved because he was angry.
22:9 Smoke ascended from26 his nose;27
fire devoured as it came from his mouth;28
he hurled down fiery coals.29
22:10 He made the sky sink30 as he descended;
a thick cloud was under his feet.
22:11 He mounted31 a winged angel32 and flew;
he glided33 on the wings of the wind.34
22:12 He shrouded himself in darkness,35
in thick rain clouds.36
22:13 From the brightness in front of him
came coals of fire.37
22:14 The Lord thundered38 from the sky;
the sovereign One39 shouted loudly.40
22:15 He shot41 arrows and scattered them,42
lightning and routed them.43
22:16 The depths44 of the sea were exposed;
the inner regions45 of the world were uncovered
by the Lord’s battle cry,46
by the powerful breath from his nose.47
22:17 He reached down from above and grabbed me;48
he pulled me from the surging water.49
22:18 He rescued me from my strong enemy,50
from those who hate me,
for they were too strong for me.
22:19 They confronted51 me in my day of calamity,
but the Lord helped me.52
22:20 He brought me out into a wide open place;
he delivered me because he was pleased with me.53
22:21 The Lord repaid54 me for my godly deeds;55
he rewarded56 my blameless behavior.57
22:22 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands;58
I have not rebelled against my God.59
22:23 For I am aware of all his regulations,60
and I do not reject his rules.61
22:24 I was blameless before him;
I kept myself from sinning.62
22:25 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds;63
he took notice of my blameless behavior.64
22:26 You prove to be loyal65 to one who is faithful;66
you prove to be trustworthy67 to one who is innocent.68
22:27 You prove to be reliable69 to one who is blameless,
but you prove to be deceptive70 to one who is perverse.71
22:28 You deliver oppressed72 people,
but you watch the proud and bring them down.73
22:29 Indeed,74 you are my lamp,75 Lord.
The Lord illumines76 the darkness around me.77
22:30 Indeed,78 with your help79 I can charge80 against an army;81
by my God’s power82 I can jump over a wall.83
22:31 The one true God acts in a faithful manner;84
the Lord’s promise is reliable;85
he is a shield to all who take shelter in him.
22:32 Indeed,86 who is God besides the Lord?
Who is a protector87 besides our God?88
22:33 The one true God89 is my mighty refuge;90
he removes91 the obstacles in my way.92
22:34 He gives me the agility of a deer;93
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.94
22:35 He trains95 my hands for battle;96
my arms can bend even the strongest bow.97
22:36 You give me98 your protective shield;99
your willingness to help enables me to prevail.100
22:37 You widen my path;101
my feet102 do not slip.
22:38 I chase my enemies and destroy them;
I do not turn back until I wipe them out.
22:39 I wipe them out and beat them to death;
they cannot get up;
they fall at my feet.
22:40 You give me strength for battle;103
you make my foes kneel before me.104
22:41 You make my enemies retreat;105
I destroy those who hate me.
22:42 They cry out,106 but there is no one to help them;107
they cry out to the Lord,108 but he does not answer them.
22:43 I grind them as fine as the dust of the ground;
I crush them and stomp on them like clay109 in the streets.
22:44 You rescue me from a hostile army;110
you preserve me as a leader of nations;
people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects.111
22:45 Foreigners are powerless before me;112
when they hear of my exploits, they submit to me.113
22:46 Foreigners lose their courage;114
they shake with fear115 as they leave116 their strongholds.117
22:47 The Lord is alive!118
My protector119 is praiseworthy!120
The God who delivers me121 is exalted as king!122
22:48 The one true God completely vindicates me;123
he makes nations submit to me.124
22:49 He delivers me from my enemies;125
you snatch me away126 from those who attack me;127
you rescue me from violent men.
22:50 So I will give you thanks, O Lord, before the nations!128
I will sing praises to you.129
22:51 He gives his chosen king magnificent victories;130
he is faithful to his chosen ruler,131
to David and to his descendants forever!”
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