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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.”

 

 2 Yahweh is my high ridge, my fortress, and my deliverer;

 my God, my rock, in whom I seek refuge;

 my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

 

 3 I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,

 and I am saved from my enemies.

 

 
4 
The cords of death surrounded me.

 The torrents of Belial have terrified me.

 

 5 The cords of Sheol were around me.

 The snares of death confronted me.

 

 6 In 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.

 

 
7 
Then the earth shook and trembled.

 The foundations also of the mountains quaked

 and they shook back and forth because he was angry.

 

 8 Smoke went out of his nostrils

 and fire from his mouth devoured.

 Coals were set aflame by it.

 

 9 Then he spread apart the heavens and came down.

 And a thick cloud was under his feet.

 

 10 He rode on a cherub and flew.

 Yes, he glided swiftly on the wings of the wind.

 

 11 He made darkness his hiding place,

 his lair around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

 

 12 Out of the brightness before him his thick clouds passed by,

 with hail and coals of fire.

 

 13 Yahweh also thundered in the heavens.

 And the Most High gave forth his voice: hail and coals of fire.

 

 14 He sent out his arrows and scattered them;

 And he multiplied lightning bolts and confused them.

 

 15 Then the channels of water appeared.

 The foundations of the world were uncovered

 at your rebuke, O Yahweh,

 at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

 

 
16 
He sent from on high.

 He took me;

 He drew me out of many waters.

 

 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,

 from those who hate me,

 for they were too mighty for me.

 

 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

 but Yahweh was my support.

 

 19 He brought me forth also into the open space.

 He delivered me because he delighted in me.

 

 
20 
Yahweh has rewarded me

 according to my righteousness.

 According to the purity of my hands

 has he recompensed me.

 

 21 For I have kept the roads of Yahweh

 and have not wickedly departed from my God.

 

 22 For all his laws were before me.

 I did not put away his statutes from me.

 

 23 I was also blameless with him.

 I kept myself from my iniquity.

 

 24 So Yahweh has rewarded me

 according to my righteousness,

 according to the purity of my hands in his eyesight.

 

 
25 
With the faithful

 you will show yourself faithful.

 With the blameless man

 you will show yourself blameless.

 

 26 With the pure

 you will show yourself pure.

 With the crooked

 you will show yourself cunning.

 

 27 For you will deliver an afflicted people,

 but the haughty eyes you will humiliate.

 

 28 For you will light my lamp, O Yahweh.

 My God will illuminate my darkness.

 

 29 For by you, I advance through a troop.

 By my God, I leap over a wall.

 

 
30 
As for God, his road is blameless.

 The speech of Yahweh has been tested.

 He is a shield to all those who seek refuge in him.

 

 31 For who is God, except Yahweh?

 Who is a rock besides our God,

 

 32 the God who wraps my waist with strength

 and makes my road blameless?

 

 33 He makes my feet like the does’ feet

 and sets me on my high places.

 

 34 He teaches my hands for the battle,

 so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

 

 35 You have also given me the shield of your deliverance.

 And your right hand supports me.

 And your humility has made me great.

 

 36 You have enlarged my steps under me;

 And my ankles have not slipped.

 

 
37 
I will pursue my enemies and overtake them.

 And I will not return until they are consumed.

 

 38 I will smash them through so that they will not be able to stand.

 They will fall under my feet.

 

 39 For you have wrapped my waist with strength for the battle.

 You cause those who rise up to bow down underneath me.

 

 40 You have also given to me the neck of my enemies

 that I might annihilate those who hate me.

 

 41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save;

 they cried to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.

 

 42 Then I crushed them like dust before the wind.

 I crushed them like the mud of the streets.

 

 
43 
You have delivered me from the disputes of the people.

 You have made me the head of the nations.

 A people whom I have not known will serve me.

 

 44 As soon as the report hits the ear, they will become obedient to me.

 Children of foreigners will cringe before me.

 

 45 Children of foreigners will wither away

 and will come trembling out of their dens.

 

 
46 
Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock.

 And let the God of my deliverance be exalted—

 

 47 the God who executes vengeance for me

 and subdues peoples under me.

 

 48 He delivers me from my enemies.

 Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.

 You deliver me from the violent person.

 

 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Yahweh,

 and will make music to your name.

 

 50 He gives great deliverance to his king

 and shows covenant faithfulness to his anointed one,

 to David and to his seed forevermore.

 

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