Psalms 144
A King’s Prayer
1May the Lord, my rock, be praised, # 1Sm 2:2; Ps 18:2; 19:14; 92:15; 95:1; Is 26:4
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare. # Ps 18:34
2He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, # Dt 33:29; Ps 3:3; 28:7; 115:9-11; Pr 2:7 and I take refuge in Him; # 2Sm 22:3; Ps 18:2; 71:1-3; 91:4; 144:2; Pr 30:5
He subdues my people # Some Hb mss, DSS, Aq, Syr, Tg, Jer read subdues peoples ; 2Sm 22:48; Ps 18:47 under me. # Ps 18:39,47
3Lord, what is man, that You care for him,
the son of man, that You think of him? # Jb 7:17; Ps 8:4; Heb 2:6
4Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow. # Ps 102:11; 109:23
5Lord, part Your heavens and come down. # 2Sm 22:10; Ps 18:9-10
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. # Ps 104:32
6Flash Your lightning and scatter the foe; # Lit scatter them
shoot Your arrows and rout them. # Ps 18:14; Hab 3:11; Zch 9:14
7Reach down # Lit down Your hands from heaven; # Ps 18:16
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners # Ps 69:14
8whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive. # Ps 12:2; 41:6; 106:26
9God, I will sing a new song to You;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You # Ps 33:2-3; 40:3
10the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword. # Ps 18:50
11Set me free and rescue me
from the grasp of foreigners # Ps 69:14
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive. # Ps 12:2; 41:6; 106:26
12Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style. # Ps 92:12-14; 128:3
13Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce; # Ps 107:37-38
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields. # Pr 3:9-10
14Our cattle will be well fed. # Or will bear heavy loads, or will be pregnant
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity, # Or be no plague, no miscarriage
and no cry of lament in our public squares. # Is 24:11; Jr 14:2
15Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh. # Ps 33:12

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