To the leader. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the snares of death confronted me.
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
thick darkness was under his feet.
he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
there broke through his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
and the Most High uttered his voice.a
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
he drew me out of mighty waters.
and from those who hated me;
for they were too mighty for me.
but the Lord was my support.
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
and I kept myself from guilt.
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
but the haughty eyes you bring down.
the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
And who is a rock besides our God?—
and made my way safe.
and set me secure on the heights.
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
and your right hand has supported me;
your helpb has made me great.
and my feet did not slip.
and did not turn back until they were consumed.
they fell under my feet.
you made my assailants sink under me.
and those who hated me I destroyed.
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
43 You delivered me from strife with the peoples;c
you made me head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
foreigners came cringing to me.
and came trembling out of their strongholds.
and exalted be the God of my salvation,
and subdued peoples under me;
indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
you delivered me from the violent.
and sing praises to your name.
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.
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