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Psalm 18

I love you, O Lord my strength :
 O Lord my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, the rock to which I come for refuge :
 my shield, my mighty saviour, and my high defence.
I called to the Lord with loud lamentation :
 and I was rescued from my enemies.
The waves of death encompassed me :
 and the floods of chaos overwhelmed me;
The cords of the grave tightened about me :
 and the snares of death lay in my path.
In my anguish I called to the Lord :
 I cried for help to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice :
 and my cry came even to his ears.
The earth heaved and quaked,
   the foundations of the hills were shaken :
 they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke went out from his nostrils :
 and a consuming fire from his mouth.
He parted the heavens and came down :
 and there was darkness under his feet.
He rode upon the cherubim and flew :
 he came swooping upon the wings of the wind.
He made the darkness his covering :
 and his canopy was thick cloud and watery darkness.
Out of his clouds, from the brightness before him :
 broke hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord thundered in the heavens :
 the Most High uttered his voice.
He let loose his arrows, he scattered them on every side :
 he hurled down lightnings with the roar of the thunderbolt.
The springs of the sea were uncovered :
 and the foundations of the world laid bare,
At your rebuke, O Lord :
 at the blast of the breath of your displeasure.
He reached down from on high and took me :
 he drew me out of the great waters.
He delivered me from my strongest enemy :
 from my foes that were mightier than I.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity :
 but the Lord was my upholder.
He brought me out into a place of liberty :
 and rescued me because I delighted his heart.
The Lord rewarded me for my righteous dealing :
 he recompensed me according to the cleanness of my hands,
Because I had kept to the ways of the Lord :
 and had not turned from my God to do evil.
For I had an eye to all his laws :
 and did not put his commandments from me.
I was also blameless before him :
 and I kept myself from wrongdoing.
Therefore the Lord rewarded my innocence :
 because my hands were undefiled in his sight.
With the faithful you show yourself faithful :
 with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
With the pure you are pure :
 but with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
For you will save a humble people :
 but you bring down the high looks of the proud.
You light my lamp, O Lord my God :
 you make my darkness to be bright.
For with your help I can charge a troop of men :
 with the help of my God I can leap a city wall.
The way of our God is perfect,
   the word of the Lord has been tried in the fire :
 he is a shield to all that trust in him.
For who is God but the Lord :
 or who is our rock but our God?
It is God that girded me with strength :
 that made my way perfect.
He made my feet like the feet of a hind :
 and set me surefooted upon the mountains.
He taught my hands to fight :
 and my arms to aim an arrow of bronze.
You gave me the shield of your salvation :
 your right hand upheld me,
   and your swift response has made me great.
You lengthened my stride beneath me :
 and my ankles did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them :
 nor did I turn again till I had made an end of them.
I smote them, till they could rise no more :
 and they fell beneath my feet.
You girded me with strength for the battle :
 you threw down my adversaries under me.
You caused my enemies to show their backs :
 and I destroyed those that hated me.
They cried for help, but there was none to save them :
 they cried to the Lord, but he would not answer.
I pounded them fine as dust before the wind :
 I trod them under like the mire of the streets.
You delivered me from the strife of the peoples,
   you made me the head of the nations :
 a people that I had not known became my servants.
As soon as they heard me they obeyed me :
 and aliens humbled themselves before me.
The strength of the aliens withered away :
 they came faltering from their strongholds.
The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock :
 exalted be the God of my salvation,
The God who sees to it that I am avenged :
 who subdues the peoples under me.
You set me free from my enemies,
   you put me out of reach of my attackers :
 you delivered me from violent men.
For this will I give you thanks among the nations, O Lord :
 and sing praises to your name,
To him that gives great triumphs to his king :
 that deals so faithfully with his anointed;
   with David and with his seed for ever.

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