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Go to Commentary on Ps 18
For the Musical Director.
Of David, the servant of Yahweh,
who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said...

1“I love you, O Yahweh, my strength.”
  2Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, I will take refuge in him; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
  3I will call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised, and I will be saved from my enemies.
  4The cords of death surrounded me. The torrents of Belial made me afraid.
  5The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death lay ahead of me.
  6In my distress, I called on Yahweh, and I cried for help to my God. He heard my voice out of his Temple, and my cry to him came into his ears.
  7Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken because he was angry.
  8Smoke arose from his nostrils. Fire out of his mouth devoured. Burning coals flamed forth from him.
  9He spread apart the heavens and came down. A thick cloud was under his feet.
  10He rode on a cherub and flew. Yes, he glided swiftly on the wings of the wind.
  11He made darkness his hiding place, his canopy around him, the darkness of waters, the thick clouds of the skies.
  12From the brightness before him, his thick clouds passed by with hail and coals of fire.
  13Yahweh also thundered in the heavens. And the Most High gave forth his voice: hail and coals of fire.
  14He sent out his arrows and scattered them; And he multiplied lightning bolts and confused them.
  15Then the sources of water appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare by your rebuke, O Yahweh, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
  16He stretched out his hand from on high and took me; he drew me out of mighty waters.
  17He delivered me from my strong enemy; from those who hate me, from those who were mightier than I.
  18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but Yahweh was my support.
  19He brought me out into an open space. He delivered me because he delighted in me.
  20Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness. He paid me back according to the purity of my hands.
  21For I have kept the ways of Yahweh and have not wickedly departed from my God.
  22For all his laws are before me. I have not put away his statutes from me.
  23I was blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.
  24So Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the purity of my hands in his eyes.
  25With the mercifula you are merciful. With the blameless man you are blameless.
  26With the pure you are pure. With the crooked you are shrewd.
  27For you will save the afflicted people, but the haughty eyes you will bring down.
  28For you will light my lamp, O Yahweh. And my God lightens my darkness.
  29For by you I can run against a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall.
  30As for God, his way is perfect. The word of Yahweh is tested. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
  31For who is God, except Yahweh? Who is a rock besides our God,
  32the God who arms me with strength and makes my way blameless?
  33He makes my feet like the does’ feet and sets me on my high places.
  34He trains my hands for battle so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
  35You have given me the shield of your salvation. And your right hand supports me. And your gentleness has made me great.
  36You have enlarged my steps under me. My feet have not slipped.
  37I will pursue my enemies and overtake them. And I will not return until they are finished.
  38I will crush them so that they cannot rise. They will fall dead under my feet.
  39For you have armed me with strength for the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
  40You made my enemies turn their backs to me; I destroyed those who hate me.
  41They cried out for help, but there was none to save; to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.
  42Then I crushed them like dust before the wind. I threw them out like the dirt of the streets.
  43You have delivered me from the strifes of people. You have made me the head of nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me.
  44As soon as their ears hear, they will obey me. Foreigners will submit themselves to me.
  45Foreigners will lose courage and will come trembling out of their strongholds.
  46Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be the God of my salvation.
  47the God who executes vengeance for me, who subdues peoples under me,
  48who rescues me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent person.
  49Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations, and I will make music to your name.
  50He gives great salvation to his king and shows covenant faithfulness to his anointed one, to David and to his seed forevermore.

Or, “faithful”

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