My Rock and My Fortress
1Blessed be the Lord, my #See Ps. 18:2, 31, 46 rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
2he is my #[Ps. 59:10, 17; Jonah 2:8] steadfast love and my #Ps. 18:2; 91:2 fortress,
my #Ps. 18:2; 59:9 stronghold and my deliverer,
my #Ps. 7:10; 18:2 shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who #Ps. 18:47subdues peoples#144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people under me.
3O Lord, #See Ps. 8:4 what is man that you #See Ps. 31:7regard him,
or the son of man that you think of him?
Ps. 39:5 Man is like a breath;
his days are like #Ps. 102:11; 109:23 a passing #Job 8:9shadow.
Ps. 18:9; [Isa. 64:1] Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
# See Ps. 104:32 Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
6 # See Ps. 18:14 Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
# See Ps. 18:14 send out your arrows and rout them!
Ps. 18:16 Stretch out your hand from on high;
Ps. 69:14 rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
from the hand #Ps. 18:44, 45of foreigners,
8whose mouths speak #Ps. 12:2; 41:6 lies
and whose right hand is #[Ps. 106:26; Gen. 14:22; Deut. 32:40; Isa. 62:8]a right hand of falsehood.
9I will sing #Ps. 33:2, 3a new song to you, O God;
upon #Ps. 33:2, 3a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10who gives victory to kings,
who #Ps. 18:50rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11Rescue me and deliver me
from the hand #[See ver. 7 above] of foreigners,
whose mouths speak #[See ver. 8 above]lies
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12May our sons in their youth
be like #[Ps. 128:3] plants full grown,
our daughters like #[Zech. 9:15]corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace;
13 # [Joel 2:24] may our granaries be full,
# [Isa. 30:23] providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;
14may our cattle be heavy with young,
suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;#144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out
may there be no #[Isa. 24:11; Jer. 14:2; 46:12]cry of distress in our streets!
Deut. 33:29 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
Ps. 33:12; 146:5 Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!