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To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David aThe Servant of the Lord, Who Spoke to the Lord The Words of bThis Song on the Day that the Lord Delivered Him from the Hand of All His Enemies and from the Hand of Saul. And He Said:
1 I cwill love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My shield and the 2horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, ewho is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
4 fThe pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of 3ungodliness made me afraid.
The snares of death confronted me.
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
7 gThen the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
9 hHe bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.
10 iAnd He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
jHe flew upon the wings of the wind.
kHis canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
12 lFrom the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
And the Most High uttered mHis voice,
4Hailstones and coals of fire.
Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
16 oHe sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
But the Lord was my support.
19 pHe also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
20 qThe Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
And I did not put away His statutes from me.
23 I was also blameless 6before Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
24 rTherefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
25 sWith the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
And twith the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
But will bring down uhaughty looks.
28 vFor You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by You I can 7run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
30 As for God, wHis way is perfect;
He is a shield yto all who trust in Him.
31 zFor who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who aarms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
33 bHe makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And csets me on my high places.
34 dHe teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
eSo my feet did not slip.
Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
So that they could not rise;
They have fallen under my feet.
You have 9subdued under me those who rose up against me.
So that I destroyed those who hated me.
fEven to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
I gcast them out like dirt in the streets.
iA people I have not known shall serve me.
The foreigners 2submit to me.
45 jThe foreigners fade away,
And come frightened from their hideouts.
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
kAnd subdues the peoples under me;
lYou also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the violent man.
And sing praises to Your name.
50 nGreat deliverance He gives to His king,
And shows mercy to His anointed,
To David and his 4descendants forevermore.
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