Psalms 17

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The Book of Psalms

Chapter 18


To the chief Musician,18 [A Psalm] of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake14 unto the LORD the words of this song in the day [that] the LORD delivered52 him from the hand of all his enemies,6 and from the hand of Saul: And he said,
4 I will love4 thee, O LORD, my strength.


The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;18 my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;4 my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.


I will call4 upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised:30 so shall I be saved11 from mine enemies.6


The sorrows of death compassed1 me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.17


The sorrows of hell compassed me about:1 the snares of death prevented14 me.


In my distress I called4 upon the LORD, and cried17 unto my God: he heard4 my voice out of his temple, and my cry came4 before him, [even] into his ears.


Then the earth shook4 and trembled;4 the foundations also of the hills moved4 and were shaken,101 because he was wroth.1


There went up1 a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured:4 coals were kindled1 by it.


He bowed4 the heavens also, and came down:4 and darkness [was] under his feet.


And he rode4 upon a cherub, and did fly:4 yea, he did fly4 upon the wings of the wind.


He made4 darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies.


At the brightness [that was] before him his thick clouds passed,1 hail [stones] and coals of fire.


The LORD also thundered55 in the heavens, and the Highest gave4 his voice; hail [stones] and coals of fire.


Yea, he sent out4 his arrows, and scattered55 them; and he shot out1 lightnings, and discomfited4 them.


Then the channels of waters were seen,11 and the foundations of the world were discovered11 at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.


He sent4 from above, he took4 me, he drew55 me out of many waters.


He delivered55 me from my strong enemy,6 and from them which hated6 me: for they were too strong1 for me.


They prevented17 me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.


He brought me forth55 also into a large place; he delivered17 me, because he delighted1 in me.


The LORD rewarded4 me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed55 me.


For I have kept1 the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed1 from my God.


For all his judgments [were] before me, and I did not put away55 his statutes from me.


I was also upright before him, and I kept101 myself from mine iniquity.


Therefore hath the LORD recompensed55 me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.


With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful;101 with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;101


With the pure12 thou wilt shew thyself pure;101 and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.101


For thou wilt save55 the afflicted people; but wilt bring down55 high6 looks.


For thou wilt light55 my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten55 my darkness.


For by thee I have run through4 a troop; and by my God have I leaped17 over a wall.


[As for] God, his way [is] perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:7 he [is] a buckler to all those that trust6 in him.


For who [is] God save the LORD? or who [is] a rock save our God?


[It is] God that girdeth18 me with strength, and maketh4 my way perfect.


He maketh my feet like18 hinds' [feet], and setteth55 me upon my high places.


He teacheth18 my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken14 by mine arms.


Thou hast also given4 me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up,4 and thy gentleness hath made me great.55


Thou hast enlarged55 my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.1


I have pursued4 mine enemies,6 and overtaken55 them: neither did I turn again4 till they were consumed.15


I have wounded4 them that they were not able4 to rise:2 they are fallen4 under my feet.


For thou hast girded17 me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued55 under me those that rose up5 against me.


Thou hast also given1 me the necks of mine enemies;6 that I might destroy55 them that hate18 me.


They cried,17 but [there was] none to save56 [them: even] unto the LORD, but he answered1 them not.


Then did I beat4 them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out55 as the dirt in the streets.


Thou hast delivered17 me from the strivings of the people; [and] thou hast made4 me the head of the heathen: a people [whom] I have not known1 shall serve4 me.


As soon as they hear 241 of me, they shall obey11 me: the strangers 5236 shall submit17 themselves unto me.


The strangers 5236 shall fade away,4 and be afraid4 out of their close places.


The LORD liveth; and blessed7 [be] my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.4


[It is] God that avengeth6 5360 me, and subdueth55 the people under me.


He delivereth18 me from mine enemies:6 yea, thou liftest me up34 above those that rise up5 against me: thou hast delivered55 me from the violent man.


Therefore will I give thanks55 unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises17 unto thy name.


Great56 deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth6 mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

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