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18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower.
18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall
I be saved from mine enemies.
18:4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men
made me afraid.
18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death
18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he
heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even
into his ears.
18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the
hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
18:8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his
mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under
18:10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the
wings of the wind.
18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him
were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
18:12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed,
hail stones and coals of fire.
18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his
voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
18:14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out
lightnings, and discomfited them.
18:15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of
the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the
breath of thy nostrils.
18:16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated
me: for they were too strong for me.
18:18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my
18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me,
because he delighted in me.
18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to
the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly
departed from my God.
18:22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his
statutes from me.
18:23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine
18:24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my
righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an
upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
18:26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward
thou wilt shew thyself froward.
18:27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down
18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my
18:29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I
leaped over a wall.
18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
18:31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way
18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high
18:34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by
18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy
right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
18:37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I
turn again till they were consumed.
18:38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are
fallen under my feet.
18:39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast
subdued under me those that rose up against me.
18:40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might
destroy them that hate me.
18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD,
but he answered them not.
18:42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did
cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and
thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not
known shall serve me.
18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers
shall submit themselves unto me.
18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close
18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my
salvation be exalted.
18:47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
18:48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up
above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the
18:49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the
heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
18:50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to
his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.