Psalm 18

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(English translation got from website: https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo )

  1. For the conductor; of the servant of the Lord, of David, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord saved him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
  2. And he said, « I love You, O Lord, my strength.
  3. O Lord, my rock and my fortress and my rescuer; my God, my rock, I will take refuge in Him; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my refuge.
  4. With praise I call to the Lord, and from my enemies I will be saved.
  5. Bands of death have encompassed me, and streams of scoundrels would affright me.
  6. Bands of the nether world have surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.
  7. When I am in distress, I call upon the Lord; yes, I cry out to my God; out of His temple He hears my voice, and my cry comes before Him in His ears.
  8. The earth shook and quaked, the foundations of the mountains did tremble; and they were shaken when He was angered.
  9. Smoke went up in His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth did devour; coals flamed forth from Him.
  10. And He bent the heavens, and He came down, and thick darkness was under His feet.
  11. And He rode on a cherub and did fly; He swooped on the wings of the wind.
  12. He made darkness His hiding-place about Him as His booth; the darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
  13. From the brightness before Him, His thick cloud passed, hail and coals of fire.
  14. The Lord thundered from Heaven; and the Most High gave forth His voice with hail and coals of fire.
  15. And He sent out arrows and He scattered them; He shot lightning and He discomfited them.
  16. And the depths of the water appeared; the foundations of the world were laid bare by Your rebuke, O Lord, by the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
  17. He sent forth from on high [and] He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
  18. He delivered me from my mighty enemy, and from those that hated me, for they were too powerful for me.
  19. They confronted me on the day of my calamity, but the Lord was a support to me.
  20. And He brought me forth into a wide space; He delivered me because He took delight in me.
  21. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He recompensed me.
  22. For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from [the commandments of] my God.
  23. For all His ordinances were before me; and His statutes I will not remove from myself.
  24. And I was single-hearted with Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.
  25. And the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands before His eyes.
  26. With a kind one, You show Yourself kind, with a sincere man, You show Yourself sincere.
  27. With a pure one, You show Yourself pure, but with a crooked one, You deal crookedly.
  28. For You deliver a humble people, and You humble haughty eyes.
  29. For You light my lamp; the Lord, my God, does light my darkness.
  30. For by You I run upon a troop, and by my God I scale a wall.
  31. [He is] the God Whose way is perfect; the word of the Lord is refined; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
  32. For who is God save the Lord? And who is a Rock, save our God?
  33. The God is He Who girds me with strength; and He makes my way perfect.
  34. He makes my feet like hinds, and sets me upon my high places.
  35. He trains my hands for war so that a copper bow is bent by my arms.
  36. You have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has supported me, and You have treated me with great humility.
  37. You have enlarged my step[s] beneath me, and my ankles have not slipped.
  38. I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them, never turning back until they were consumed.
  39. I have crushed them so that they cannot rise; yea, they are fallen under my feet.
  40. For You have girded me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those that rose up against me.
  41. And of my enemies, You have given me the back of their necks; those that hate me, that I may cut them off.
  42. They pray but no one saves them; [even] to the Lord, but He answered them not.
  43. Then I ground them as dust before the wind; as the mud in the streets I did pour them.
  44. You allowed me to escape from the contenders of the people; You shall make me the head over nations; may a people that I do not know serve me.
  45. As soon as they hear they shall obey me; foreigners shall lie to me.
  46. Foreigners shall wither, and they shall fear their imprisonments.
  47. The Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation.
  48. The God Who grants me vengeance and destroys peoples instead of me.
  49. Who delivers me from my enemies; even above those that rise against me You have lifted me; from the violent man You deliver me.
  50. Therefore, I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations, and to Your name I will sing praises.
  51. He gives great salvations to His king, and He performs kindness to His anointed; to David and to his seed forever.