01 October 2011

From Psalm 18

Psalm 18 in Hebrew

1 I love thee, O LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me;

5 the cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
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16 He reached from on high, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

18 They came upon me in the day of my calamity; but the LORD was my stay.

19 He brought me forth into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his ordinances were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.

23 I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.

24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With the loyal thou dost show thyself loyal; with the blameless man thou dost show thyself blameless;

26 with the pure thou dost show thyself pure; and with the crooked thou dost show thyself perverse.

27 For thou dost deliver a humble people; but the haughty eyes thou dost bring down.

28 Yea, thou dost light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.

29 Yea, by thee I can crush a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 This God--his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

32 -- the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.

33 He made my feet like hinds' feet, and set me secure on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand supported me, and thy help made me great.

36 Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.


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