Psalms 18
Adonai lives! Blessed Be My Rock
1For the music director: a psalm of David the servant of Adonai. He chanted the words of this song to Adonai on the day Adonai delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
2He said, I love You, Adonai my strength!
3Adonai is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in Him I take refuge, my shield, my horn of salvation, my stronghold.
4I called upon Adonai, worthy of praise, and I was rescued from my enemies.
5Cords of death entangled me. Torrents of Belial overwhelmed me.
6Cords of Sheol coiled around me. Snares of death came before me.
7In my distress I called on Adonai, and cried to my God for help. From His Temple He heard my voice, my cry before Him came into His ears.
8Then the earth rocked and quaked. The foundations of mountains trembled. They reeled because He was angry.
9Smoke rose from His nostrils and consuming fire from His mouth. Coals blazed from Him.
10He parted the heavens and came down, with thick darkness under His feet.
11He rode upon a cheruv and flew. He soared on the wings of the wind.
12He made darkness His cover, His sukkah all around Him— dark waters, thick clouds.
13Out of the brilliance before Him passed His thick clouds, hail and fiery coals.
14Adonai also thundered in the heavens, and Elyon gave forth His voice, hail and fiery coals.
15He shot His arrows and scattered them, hurled lightning bolts and routed them.
16Then ravines of water appeared. The foundations of earth were exposed, at Your rebuke, Adonai, at a blast of breath from Your nostrils.
17He reached down from on high and took hold of me. He drew me out of mighty waters.
18He saved me from my powerful enemy, from those who hated me— for they were much stronger than me.
19They came against me in my day of calamity, but Adonai was my support.
20He brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued me since He delighted in me.
21Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness. For the cleanness of my hands He repaid me.
22For I kept the ways of Adonai, and did not turn wickedly from my God.
23For all His judgments are before me. I do not put His rulings away from me.
24I also had integrity with Him, and kept myself from my sin.
25So Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness, for the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.
26With the loyal You deal loyally. With the blameless You are blameless.
27With the pure You are pure, and with the crooked You are shrewd.
28For You save lowly people, but haughty eyes You humble.
29For You light up my lamp. Adonai my God shines in my darkness.
30For with You I rush on a troop, with my God I scale a wall.
31As for God, His way is perfect. The word of Adonai is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
32For who is God, except Adonai? And who is a Rock, except our God?
33God girds me with strength and makes my way straight.
34He makes my feet like those of deer and makes me stand on my heights.
35He trains my hands for battle, so my arms can bend a bronze bow.
36You gave me the shield of Your salvation. Your right hand upholds me, Your gentleness makes me great.
37You broaden my steps beneath me, so my ankles have not slipped.
38I pursue my enemies and overtake them, and will not return till they are wiped out.
39I will crush them till they cannot rise, till they fall beneath my feet.
40For You girded me with strength for battle. You made those who rose up against me bow down before me.
41You also made my enemies turn their backs to me. I cut off those who hate me.
42They cry out, but there is none to save —even to Adonai, but He did not answer them.
43Then I beat them as fine as dust before the wind. I pour them out like mud in the streets.
44You free me from strifes of the people. You set me as head of the nations— people I did not know are serving me.
45As soon as they hear, they obey me. Children of foreigners cringe before me.
46Children of foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their hideouts.
47Adonai lives! And blessed be my Rock! Exalted be God my salvation!
48God—He gives me vengeance and subdues peoples under me.
49He delivers me from my enemies. Indeed You lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man.
50Therefore I praise You among the nations, Adonai, and sing praises to Your Name.
51Great victories He gives to His king. He shows loyal love to His anointed— to David and his seed, forever.

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