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Psalm 21

Joy in the Salvation of the Lord

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;

And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

2 You have given him his heart’s desire,

And have not withheld the arequest of his lips.


3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;

You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

4 bHe asked life from You, and You gave it to him—

Length of days forever and ever.

5 His glory is great in Your salvation;

Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.

6 For You have made him most blessed forever;

cYou have made him 1exceedingly glad with Your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the Lord,

And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be 2moved.

8 Your hand will find all Your enemies;

Your right hand will find those who hate You.

9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;

The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath,

And the fire shall devour them.

10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,

And their 3descendants from among the sons of men.

11 For they intended evil against You;

They devised a plot which they are not able to dperform.

12 Therefore You will make them turn their back;

You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!

We will sing and praise Your power.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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