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Psalms 18

David praiseth God for his manifold and marvellous blessings.

Psalms 18:1 {For the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: and he said,} I love thee, O LORD, my strength. Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strong rock, in him will I trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. Psalms 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. Psalms 18:4 The cords of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. Psalms 18:5 The cords of Sheol were round about me: the snares of death came on me. Psalms 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 before him came into his ears. Psalms 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled, me foundations also of the mountains moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Psalms 18:8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. Psalms 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet. Psalms 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly, yea, he flew swiftly upon the wings of the wind. Psalms 18:11 He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion round about him; darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. Psalms 18:12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire. Psalms 18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice; hailstones and coals of fire. Psalms 18:14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them. Psalms 18:15 Then the channels of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare, at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. Psalms 18:16 He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. Psalms 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me, for they were too mighty for me. Psalms 18:18 They came upon me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. Psalms 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. Psalms 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. Psalms 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. Psalms 18:22 For all his judgments were before me, and I put not away his statutes from me. Psalms 18:23 I was also perfect with him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. Psalms 18:24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. Psalms 18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with the perfect man thou wilt shew thyself perfect; Psalms 18:26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt shew thyself froward. Psalms 18:27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down. Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt light my lamp: the LORD my God will lighten my darkness. Psalms 18:29 For by thee I run upon a troop; and by my God do I leap over a wall. Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried; he is a shield unto all them that trust in him. Psalms 18:31 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, beside our God? Psalms 18:32 The God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Psalms 18:33 He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet]: and setteth me upon my high places, Psalms 18:34 He teacheth my hands to war; so that mine arms do bend a bow of brass. Psalms 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. Psalms 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped. Psalms 18:37 I will pursue mine enemies, and overtake them: neither will I turn again till they are consumed. Psalms 18:38 I will smite them through that they shall not be able to rise: they shall fall under my feet. Psalms 18:39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. Psalms 18:40 Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me, that I might cut off them that hate me. Psalms 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not. Psalms 18:42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the mire of the streets. Psalms 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; thou hast made me the head of the nations: a people whom I have not known shall serve me. Psalms 18:44 As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. Psalms 18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and shall come trembling out of their close places. Psalms 18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation: Psalms 18:47 Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, and subdueth peoples under me. Psalms 18:48 He rescueth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me: thou deliverest me from the violent man. Psalms 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the nations, and will sing praises unto thy name. Psalms 18:50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth lovingkindness to his anointed, to David and to his seed, for evermore.

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