1[For the choirmaster Of David, the servant of Yahweh, who addressed the words of this song toYahweh when Yahweh had delivered him from all his enemies and from the clutches of Saul. He said:] I loveyou, Yahweh, my strength (my Saviour, you have saved me from violence). 2Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield,my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge. 3I call to Yahweh who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my foes. 4With Death's breakers closing in on me, Belial's torrents ready to swal ow me, 5Sheol's snares every side of me, Death's traps lying ahead of me, 6I called to Yahweh in my anguish, I cried for help to my God; from his Temple he heard my voice, mycry came to his ears. 7Then the earth quaked and rocked, the mountains' foundations shuddered, they quaked at his blazinganger. 8Smoke rose from his nostrils, from his mouth devouring fire (coals were kindled at it). 9He parted the heavens and came down, a storm-cloud underneath his feet; 10riding one of the winged creatures, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. 11His covering he made the darkness, his pavilion dark waters and dense cloud. 12A brightness lit up before him, hail and blazing fire. 13Yahweh thundered from the heavens, the Most High made his voice heard. 14He shot his arrows and scattered them, he hurled his lightning and routed them. 15The very springs of ocean were exposed, the world's foundations were laid bare, at your roaring,Yahweh, at the blast of breath from your nostrils! 16He reached down from on high, snatched me up, pulled me from the watery depths, 17rescued me from my mighty foe, from my enemies who were stronger than I. 18They assailed me on my day of disaster but Yahweh was there to support me; 19he freed me, set me at large, he rescued me because he loves me. 20Yahweh rewards me for my uprightness, as my hands are pure, so he repays me, 21since I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and not fallen away from my God. 22His judgements are al before me, his statutes I have not put away from me. 23I am blameless before him, I keep myself clear of evil. 24So Yahweh repaid me for acting uprightly because he could see I was pure. 25You are faithful to the faithful, blameless with the blameless, 26sincere to the sincere, but cunning to the crafty, 27you save a people that is humble and humiliate those with haughty looks. 28Yahweh, you yourself are my lamp, my God lights up my darkness; 29with you I storm the rampart, with my God I can scale any wal . 30This God, his way is blameless; the word of Yahweh is refined in the furnace, for he alone is theshield of al who take refuge in him. 31For who is God but Yahweh, who is a rock but our God? 32This God who girds me with strength, who makes my way free from blame, 33who makes me as swift as a deer and sets me firmly on the heights, 34who trains my hands for battle, my arms to bend a bow of bronze. 35You give me your invincible shield (your right hand upholds me) you never cease to listen to me, 36you give me the strides of a giant, give me ankles that never weaken. 37I pursue my enemies and overtake them, not turning back til they are annihilated; 38I strike them down and they cannot rise, they fall, they are under my feet. 39You have girded me with strength for the fight, bent down my assailants beneath me, 40made my enemies retreat before me; and those who hate me I destroy. 41They cry out, there is no one to save; to Yahweh, but no answer comes. 42I crumble them like dust before the wind, trample them like the mud of the streets. 43You free me from the quarrels of my people, you place me at the head of the nations, a people I didnot know are now my servants; 44foreigners come wooing my favour, no sooner do they hear than they obey me; 45foreigners grow faint of heart, they come trembling out of their fastnesses. 46Life to Yahweh! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be the God of my salvation, 47the God who gives me vengeance, and subjects whole peoples to me, 48who rescues me from my raging enemies. You lift me high above those who attack me, you deliverme from the man of violence. 49For this I wil praise you, Yahweh, among the nations, and sing praise to your name. 50He saves his king time after time, displays his faithful love for his anointed, for David and his heirs forever.
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