Bible: 2 Samuel 22


David Sings to the Lord


David sang 2  to the Lord the words of this song when 3  the Lord rescued him from the power 4  of all his enemies, including Saul. 5  22:2 He said:

“The Lord is my high ridge, 6  my stronghold, 7  my deliverer.

22:3 My God 8  is my rocky summit where I take shelter, 9 

my shield, the horn that saves me, 10  my stronghold,

my refuge, my savior. You save me from violence! 11 

22:4 I called 12  to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, 13 

and I was delivered from my enemies.

22:5 The waves of death engulfed me;

the currents 14  of chaos 15  overwhelmed me. 16 

22:6 The ropes of Sheol 17  tightened around me; 18 

the snares of death trapped me. 19 

22:7 In my distress I called to the Lord;

I called to my God. 20 

From his heavenly temple 21  he heard my voice;

he listened to my cry for help. 22 

22:8 The earth heaved and shook; 23 

the foundations of the sky 24  trembled. 25 

They heaved because he was angry.

22:9 Smoke ascended from 26  his nose; 27 

fire devoured as it came from his mouth; 28 

he hurled down fiery coals. 29 

22:10 He made the sky sink 30  as he descended;

a thick cloud was under his feet.

22:11 He mounted 31  a winged angel 32  and flew;

he glided 33  on the wings of the wind. 34 

22:12 He shrouded himself in darkness, 35 

in thick rain clouds. 36 

22:13 From the brightness in front of him

came coals of fire. 37 

22:14 The Lord thundered 38  from the sky;

the sovereign One 39  shouted loudly. 40 

22:15 He shot 41  arrows and scattered them, 42 

lightning and routed them. 43 

22:16 The depths 44  of the sea were exposed;

the inner regions 45  of the world were uncovered

by the Lord’s battle cry, 46 

by the powerful breath from his nose. 47 

22:17 He reached down from above and grabbed me; 48 

he pulled me from the surging water. 49 

22:18 He rescued me from my strong enemy, 50 

from those who hate me,

for they were too strong for me.

22:19 They confronted 51  me in my day of calamity,

but the Lord helped me. 52 

22:20 He brought me out into a wide open place;

he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 53 

22:21 The Lord repaid 54  me for my godly deeds; 55 

he rewarded 56  my blameless behavior. 57 

22:22 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands; 58 

I have not rebelled against my God. 59 

22:23 For I am aware of all his regulations, 60 

and I do not reject his rules. 61 

22:24 I was blameless before him;

I kept myself from sinning. 62 

22:25 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds; 63 

he took notice of my blameless behavior. 64 

22:26 You prove to be loyal 65  to one who is faithful; 66 

you prove to be trustworthy 67  to one who is innocent. 68 

22:27 You prove to be reliable 69  to one who is blameless,

but you prove to be deceptive 70  to one who is perverse. 71 

22:28 You deliver oppressed 72  people,

but you watch the proud and bring them down. 73 

22:29 Indeed, 74  you are my lamp, 75  Lord.

The Lord illumines 76  the darkness around me. 77 

22:30 Indeed, 78 with your help 79  I can charge 80  against an army; 81 

by my God’s power 82  I can jump over a wall. 83 

22:31 The one true God acts in a faithful manner; 84 

the Lord’s promise is reliable; 85 

he is a shield to all who take shelter in him.

22:32 Indeed, 86  who is God besides the Lord?

Who is a protector 87  besides our God? 88 

22:33 The one true God 89  is my mighty refuge; 90 

he removes 91  the obstacles in my way. 92 

22:34 He gives me the agility of a deer; 93 

he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 94 

22:35 He trains 95  my hands for battle; 96 

my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 97 

22:36 You give me 98  your protective shield; 99 

your willingness to help enables me to prevail. 100 

22:37 You widen my path; 101 

my feet 102  do not slip.

22:38 I chase my enemies and destroy them;

I do not turn back until I wipe them out.

22:39 I wipe them out and beat them to death;

they cannot get up;

they fall at my feet.

22:40 You give me strength for battle; 103 

you make my foes kneel before me. 104 

22:41 You make my enemies retreat; 105 

I destroy those who hate me.

22:42 They cry out, 106  but there is no one to help them; 107 

they cry out to the Lord, 108  but he does not answer them.

22:43 I grind them as fine as the dust of the ground;

I crush them and stomp on them like clay 109  in the streets.

22:44 You rescue me from a hostile army; 110 

you preserve me as a leader of nations;

people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects. 111 

22:45 Foreigners are powerless before me; 112 

when they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. 113 

22:46 Foreigners lose their courage; 114 

they shake with fear 115  as they leave 116  their strongholds. 117 

22:47 The Lord is alive! 118 

My protector 119  is praiseworthy! 120 

The God who delivers me 121  is exalted as king! 122 

22:48 The one true God completely vindicates me; 123 

he makes nations submit to me. 124 

22:49 He delivers me from my enemies; 125 

you snatch me away 126  from those who attack me; 127 

you rescue me from violent men.

22:50 So I will give you thanks, O Lord, before the nations! 128 

I will sing praises to you. 129 

22:51 He gives his chosen king magnificent victories; 130 

he is faithful to his chosen ruler, 131 

to David and to his descendants forever!

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