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Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,l

who trains my hands for war,

my fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress,m

my strongholdn and my deliverer,

my shield,o in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoplesa p under me.

Lord, what are human beingsq that you care for them,

mere mortals that you think of them?

They are like a breath;r

their days are like a fleeting shadow.s

Part your heavens,t Lord, and come down;u

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.v

Send forth lightningw and scatterx the enemy;

shoot your arrowsy and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;z

deliver me and rescue mea

from the mighty waters,b

from the hands of foreignersc

whose mouths are full of lies,d

whose right handse are deceitful.f

I will sing a new songg to you, my God;

on the ten-stringed lyreh I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,i

who delivers his servant David.j

From the deadly swordk 11 deliver me;

rescue mel from the hands of foreignersm

whose mouths are full of lies,n

whose right hands are deceitful.o

12 Then our sons in their youth

will be like well-nurtured plants,p

and our daughters will be like pillarsq

carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filledr

with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields;

14 our oxens will draw heavy loads.b

There will be no breaching of walls,t

no going into captivity,

no cry of distress in our streets.u

15 Blessed is the peoplev of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.


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