| ||I LOVE thee, O Jehovah, my strength.|
| ||Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;|
My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge;
My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
| ||I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised:|
So shall I be saved from mine enemies.
| ||The cords of death compassed me,|
And the floods of ungodliness 2 made me afraid.
| ||The cords of Sheol were round about me;|
The snares of death came upon me.
| ||In my distress I called upon Jehovah,|
And cried unto my God:
He heard my voice out of his temple,
And my cry before him came into his ears.
| ||Then the earth shook and trembled;|
The foundations also of the mountains quaked
And were shaken, because he was wroth.
| ||There went up a smoke out 3 of his nostrils,|
And fire out of his mouth devoured:
Coals were kindled by it.
| ||He bowed the heavens also, and came down;|
And thick darkness was under his feet.
| ||And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly;|
Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind.
| ||He made darkness his hidingplace, his pavilion round about him,|
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
| ||At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,|
Hailstones and coals of fire.
| ||Jehovah also thundered in the heavens,|
And the Most High uttered his voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
| ||And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;|
Yea, 4 lightnings manifold, and discomfited them.
| ||Then the channels of waters appeared,|
And the foundations of the world were laid bare,
At thy rebuke, O Jehovah,
At the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
| ||He sent from on high, he took me;|
He drew me out of many 5 waters.
| ||He delivered me from my strong enemy,|
And from them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me.
| ||They came upon me in the day of my calamity;|
But Jehovah was my stay.
| ||He brought me forth also into a large place;|
He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
| ||Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness;|
According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
| ||For I have kept the ways of Jehovah,|
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
| ||For all his ordinances were before me,|
And I put not away his statutes from me.
| ||I was also perfect with him,|
And I kept myself from mine iniquity.
| ||Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness,|
According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
| ||With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful;|
With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;
| ||With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure;|
And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.
| ||For thou wilt save the afflicted people;|
But the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down.
| ||For thou wilt light my lamp:|
Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness.
| ||For by thee I run upon 6 a troop;|
And by my God do I leap over a wall.
| ||As for God, his way is perfect:|
The word of Jehovah is tried;
He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him.
| ||For who is God, save Jehovah?|
And who is a rock, besides our God,
| ||The God that girdeth me with strength,|
And maketh my way perfect?
| ||He maketh my feet like hinds feet:|
And setteth me upon my high places.
| ||He teacheth my hands to war;|
So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.
| ||Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation;|
And thy right hand hath holden me up,
And thy gentleness 7 hath made me great.
| ||Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,|
And my feet 8 have not slipped.
| ||I will pursue mine enemies, and overtake them;|
Neither will I turn again till they are consumed.
| ||I will smite them through, so that they shall not be able to rise:|
They shall fall under my feet.
| ||For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:|
Thou hast subdued 9 under me those that rose up against me.
| ||Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me,|
That I might cut off them that hate me.
| ||They cried, but there was none to save;|
Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not.
| ||Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind;|
I did cast 10 them out as the mire of the streets.
| ||Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people;|
Thou hast 11 made me the head of the nations:
A people whom I have not known shall serve me.
| ||As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me;|
The foreigners shall submit 12 themselves unto me.
| ||The foreigners shall fade away,|
And shall come trembling out of their close places.
| ||Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock;|
And exalted be the God of my salvation,
| ||Even the God that executeth vengeance for me,|
And subdueth peoples under me.
| ||He rescueth me from mine enemies;|
Yea, thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me;
Thou deliverest me from the violent man.
| ||Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations,|
And will sing praises unto thy name.
| ||Great deliverance 13 giveth he to his king,|
And showeth lovingkindness to his anointed,
To David and to his seed, for evermore.