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2 Samuel 22

A psalm of thanksgiving for God's powerful deliverance, and manifold blessings.

2 Samuel 22:1 And David spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 2 Samuel 22:2 and he said, Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, even mine; 2 Samuel 22:3 God, my rock, in him will I take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; My saviour, thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:4 I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from mine enemies. 2 Samuel 22:5 For the waves of death compassed me; The floods of ungodliness made me afraid: 2 Samuel 22:6 The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me. 2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon Jehovah; Yea, I called unto my God: And he heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry [came] into his ears. 2 Samuel 22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled, The foundations of heaven quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth. 2 Samuel 22:9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. 2 Samuel 22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet. 2 Samuel 22:11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 2 Samuel 22:12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, Gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 2 Samuel 22:13 At the brightness before him Coals of fire were kindled. 2 Samuel 22:14 Jehovah thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered his voice. 2 Samuel 22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; Lightning, and discomfited them. 2 Samuel 22:16 Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare, By the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 2 Samuel 22:17 He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters; 2 Samuel 22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me. 2 Samuel 22:19 They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay. 2 Samuel 22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me. 2 Samuel 22:21 Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 2 Samuel 22:22 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 2 Samuel 22:23 For all his ordinances were before me; And as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. 2 Samuel 22:24 I was also perfect toward him; And I kept myself from mine iniquity. 2 Samuel 22:25 Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness in his eyesight. 2 Samuel 22:26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect; 2 Samuel 22:27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward. 2 Samuel 22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save; But thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down. 2 Samuel 22:29 For thou art my lamp, O Jehovah; And Jehovah will lighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:30 For by thee I run upon a troop; By my God do I leap over a wall. 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:32 For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, save our God? 2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strong fortress; And he guideth the perfect in his way. 2 Samuel 22:34 He maketh his feet like hinds' [feet], And setteth me upon my high places. 2 Samuel 22:35 He teacheth my hands to war, So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass. 2 Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; And thy gentleness hath made me great. 2 Samuel 22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; And my feet have not slipped. 2 Samuel 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; Neither did I turn again till they were consumed. 2 Samuel 22:39 And I have consumed them, and smitten them through, so that they cannot arise: Yea, they are fallen under my feet. 2 Samuel 22:40 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle; Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. 2 Samuel 22:41 Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me, That I might cut off them that hate me. 2 Samuel 22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not. 2 Samuel 22:43 Then did I beat them small as the dust of the earth, I did crush them as the mire of the streets, and did spread them abroad. 2 Samuel 22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people; Thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 2 Samuel 22:45 The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me: As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me. 2 Samuel 22:46 The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their close places. 2 Samuel 22:47 Jehovah liveth; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation, 2 Samuel 22:48 Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, And that bringeth down peoples under me, 2 Samuel 22:49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: Yea, thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me; Thou deliverest me from the violent man. 2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing praises unto thy name. 2 Samuel 22:51 Great deliverance giveth he to his king, And showeth lovingkindness to his anointed, To David and to his seed, for evermore.

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