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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
Jehovah Praised for Giving Victory and Dominion
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of Jehovah, who 1 spake unto Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: and he said,
[1]  I LOVE thee, O Jehovah, my strength.
[2]  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.
[3]  I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised:
So shall I be saved from mine enemies.
[4]  The cords of death compassed me,
And the floods of ungodliness 2 made me afraid.
[5]  The cords of Sheol were round about me;
The snares of death came upon me.
[6]  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.
[7]  Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations also of the mountains quaked
And were shaken, because he was wroth.
[8]  There went up a smoke out 3 of his nostrils,
And fire out of his mouth devoured:
Coals were kindled by it.
[9]  He bowed the heavens also, and came down;
And thick darkness was under his feet.
[10]  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly;
Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind.
[11]  He made darkness his hidingplace, his pavilion round about him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
[12]  At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
[13]  Jehovah also thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered his voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
[14]  And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
Yea, 4 lightnings manifold, and discomfited them.
[15]  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.
[16]  He sent from on high, he took me;
He drew me out of many 5 waters.
[17]  He delivered me from my strong enemy,
And from them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me.
[18]  They came upon me in the day of my calamity;
But Jehovah was my stay.
[19]  He brought me forth also into a large place;
He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
[20]  Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
[21]  For I have kept the ways of Jehovah,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
[22]  For all his ordinances were before me,
And I put not away his statutes from me.
[23]  I was also perfect with him,
And I kept myself from mine iniquity.
[24]  Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
[25]  With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful;
With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;
[26]  With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure;
And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.
[27]  For thou wilt save the afflicted people;
But the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down.
[28]  For thou wilt light my lamp:
Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness.
[29]  For by thee I run upon 6 a troop;
And by my God do I leap over a wall.
[30]  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.
[31]  For who is God, save Jehovah?
And who is a rock, besides our God,
[32]  The God that girdeth me with strength,
And maketh my way perfect?
[33]  He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet:
And setteth me upon my high places.
[34]  He teacheth my hands to war;
So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.
[35]  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.
[36]  Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
And my feet 8 have not slipped.
[37]  I will pursue mine enemies, and overtake them;
Neither will I turn again till they are consumed.
[38]  I will smite them through, so that they shall not be able to rise:
They shall fall under my feet.
[39]  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
Thou hast subdued 9 under me those that rose up against me.
[40]  Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me,
That I might cut off them that hate me.
[41]  They cried, but there was none to save;
Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not.
[42]  Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind;
I did cast 10 them out as the mire of the streets.
[43]  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.
[44]  As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me;
The foreigners shall submit 12 themselves unto me.
[45]  The foreigners shall fade away,
And shall come trembling out of their close places.
[46]  Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be the God of my salvation,
[47]  Even the God that executeth vengeance for me,
And subdueth peoples under me.
[48]  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.
[49]  Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations,
And will sing praises unto thy name.
[50]  Great deliverance 13 giveth he to his king,
And showeth lovingkindness to his anointed,
To David and to his seed, for evermore.
Note 1. See 2 S. 22. 1–51. [back]
Note 2. Heb. Belial. [back]
Note 3. Or, in his wrath. [back]
Note 4. Or, They have shut up their heart. [back]
Note 5. Or, Forestall. [back]
Note 6. Or, the wicked, who is thy sword. [back]
Note 7. Or, men who are thy hand. [back]
Note 8. Heb. ankles. [back]
Note 9. Heb. caused to bow. [back]
Note 10. Heb. empty. [back]
Note 11. Or, wilt make. [back]
Note 12. Or, yield feigned obedience.Heb. lie. [back]
Note 13. Heb. salvations. [back]


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