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1By David:
Blessed be Adonai, my rock,
who trains my hands for war
and my fingers for battle.
2He shows me grace; and he is my fortress,
my stronghold, in whom I find shelter,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues my people under me.
3Adonai, what are mere mortals,
that you notice them at all;
humans, that you think about them?
4Man is like a puff of wind,
his days like a fleeting shadow.
5Adonai, lower the heavens, and come down;
touch the mountains, make them pour out smoke.
6Shoot out lightning, and scatter them;
send out your arrows, and rout them.
7Reach out your hands from on high;
rescue me; save me out of deep water,
out of the power of strangers,
8whose mouths speak worthless words
and whose right hands swear false oaths.
9God, I will sing a new song to you;
sing praises to you with a ten-stringed harp.
10You give kings their victories;
you save your servant David from the cruel sword.
11Rescue me, save me from the power of strangers,
whose mouths speak worthless words
and whose right hands swear false oaths.
12Our sons in their youth will be
like full-grown saplings,
our daughters will be like sculptured pillars
fit for the corner of a palace.
13Our barns are full with crops of every kind;
the sheep in our fields number thousands, tens of thousands.
14our oxen are well-fed,
our city walls have no breach,
our people are not taken captive,
and there are no cries of protest in our cities’ open places.
15How happy the people who live in such conditions!
How happy the people whose God is Adonai!