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2 Samuel 22

David’s Psalm of Rescue

1David spoke the words of this song to the Lord when the Lord rescued him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress [on the mountain] and my rescuer;

[a]My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge,
My Savior—You save me from violence.

“I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.

“For the waves of death encompassed me;
The torrents of [b]destruction overwhelmed and terrified me.

“The cords of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.

“In my distress I called upon the Lord;
I cried out to my God,
And from His temple [in the heavens] He heard my voice;
My cry for help came into His ears.

“Then the earth shook and quaked,
The foundations of the heavens trembled
And were shaken, because He was angry.

“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
10 
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
11 
“He rode on a cherub and flew;
He appeared upon the wings of the wind.
12 
“He made darkness [c]canopies around Him,
A mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
13 
“Out of the brightness before Him
Coals of fire were set aflame.
14 
“The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice.
15 
“He sent out arrows and scattered them;
Lightning, and confused them.
16 
“The channels of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At the rebuke of the Lord,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 
“He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of great waters.
18 
“He rescued me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19 
“They came upon me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support.
20 
“He also brought me out to an open place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me.
21 
“The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me.
22 
“For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not acted wickedly against my God.
23 
“For all His judgments (legal decisions) were before me,
And from His statutes I did not turn aside.
24 
“I was also blameless before Him,
And kept myself from wrongdoing.
25 
“Therefore the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness in His sight.
26 
“With the loving and loyal You show Yourself loving and loyal,
With the blameless You show Yourself blameless.
27 
“With the pure You show Yourself pure,
With the perverted You show Yourself astute.
28 
“And You save the afflicted people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase (humiliate).
29 
“For You, O Lord, are my lamp;
The Lord illumines and dispels my darkness.
30 
“For by You I can run upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
31 
“As for God, His way is blameless and perfect;
The word of the Lord is tested.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge and trust in Him.
32 
“For who is God, besides the Lord?
And who is a rock, besides our God?
33 
“God is my strong fortress;
He sets the blameless in His way.
34 
“He makes my feet like the doe’s feet [firm and swift];
He sets me [secure and confident] on my high places.
35 
“He trains my hands for war,
So that my arms can bend (pull back) a bow of bronze.
36 
“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your help and gentleness make me great.
37 
“You enlarge my steps under me,
And my feet have not slipped.
38 
“I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed (eliminated).
39 
“I consumed them and shattered them, so that they did not rise;
They fell under my feet.
40 
“For You have surrounded me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me those who stood against me.
41 
“You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me [in retreat],
And I destroyed those who hated me.
42 
“They looked, but there was no savior for them
Even to the Lord [they looked], but He did not answer them.
43 
“Then I beat them as [small as] the dust of the earth;
I crushed and stamped them as the mire (dirt, mud) of the streets.
44 
“You also have rescued me from strife with my [own] people;
You have kept me as the head of the nations.
People whom I have not known served me.
45 
“Foreigners pretend obedience to me;
As soon as they hear [me], they obey me.
46 
“Foreigners lose heart;
They come trembling out of their strongholds.
47 
“The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
And exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation.
48 
“It is God who executes vengeance for me,
And brings down [and disciplines] the peoples under me,
49 
Who also brings me out from my enemies.
You even lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.
50 
“For this I will give thanks and praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing praises to Your name.
51 
“He is a tower of salvation and great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his offspring forever.”

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Samuel 22:3 Lit the God of my rock.
  2. 2 Samuel 22:5 Heb Belial.
  3. 2 Samuel 22:12 Some mss read His covering.

New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 22

David’s Song of Praise

1David sang the words of this song to the Lord. He sang them when the Lord saved him from the power of all his enemies and of Saul. He said,

“The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the God who saves me.
    My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.
    He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me.
He’s my place of safety. I go to him for help. He’s my Savior.
    He saves me from those who want to hurt me.
I called out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise.
    He saved me from my enemies.

“The waves of death were all around me.
    A destroying flood swept over me.
The ropes of the grave were tight around me.
    Death set its trap in front of me.
When I was in trouble I called out to the Lord.
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice.
    My cry for help reached his ears.

“The earth trembled and shook.
    The pillars of the heavens rocked back and forth.
    They trembled because the Lord was angry.
Smoke came out of his nose.
    Flames of fire came out of his mouth.
    Burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He opened the heavens and came down.
    Dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He got on the cherubim and flew.
    The wings of the wind lifted him up.
12 He covered himself with darkness.
    The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him.
13 From the brightness all around him
    flashes of lightning blazed out.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven.
    The voice of the Most High God was heard.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy.
    He sent flashes of lightning and chased them away.
16 The bottom of the sea could be seen.
    The foundations of the earth were uncovered.
It happened when the Lord’s anger blazed out.
    It came like a blast of breath from his nose.

17 “He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me.
    He lifted me out of deep waters.
18 He saved me from my powerful enemies.
    He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
19 They stood up to me when I was in trouble.
    But the Lord helped me.
20 He brought me out into a wide and safe place.
    He saved me because he was pleased with me.

21 “The Lord has been good to me because I do what is right.
    He has rewarded me because I lead a pure life.
22 I have lived the way the Lord wanted me to.
    I’m not guilty of turning away from my God.
23 I keep all his laws in mind.
    I haven’t turned away from his commands.
24 He knows that I am without blame.
    He knows I’ve kept myself from sinning.
25 The Lord has rewarded me for doing what is right.
    He has rewarded me because I haven’t done anything wrong.

26 Lord, to those who are faithful you show that you are faithful.
    To those who are without blame you show that you are without blame.
27 To those who are pure you show that you are pure.
    But to those whose paths are crooked you show that you are clever.
28 You save those who aren’t proud.
    But you watch the proud to bring them down.
29 Lord, you are my lamp.
    You bring light into my darkness.
30 With your help I can attack a troop of soldiers.
    With the help of my God I can climb over a wall.

31 “God’s way is perfect.
    The Lord’s word doesn’t have any flaws.
He protects like a shield
    all who go to him for safety.
32 Who is God except the Lord?
    Who is the Rock except our God?
33 God gives me strength for the battle.
    He keeps my way secure.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer.
    He causes me to stand on the highest places.
35 He trains my hands to fight every battle.
    My arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 Lord, you shield me with your saving help.
    Your help has made me great.
37 You give me a wide path to walk in
    so that I don’t twist my ankles.

38 “I chased my enemies and crushed them.
    I didn’t turn back until they were destroyed.
39 I crushed them completely so that they couldn’t get up.
    They fell under my feet.
40 Lord, you gave me strength to fight the battle.
    You caused my enemies to be humble in front of me.
41 You made them turn their backs and run away.
    So I destroyed my enemies.
42 They cried out for help. But there was no one to save them.
    They called out to the Lord. But he didn’t answer them.
43 I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth.
    I pounded them and walked on them like mud in the streets.

44 “You saved me when people attacked me.
    You have kept me as the ruler over nations.
People I didn’t know serve me now.
45     People from other lands bow down to me in fear.
    As soon as they hear about me, they obey me.
46 All of them give up hope.
    They come trembling out of their hiding places.

47 “The Lord lives! Give praise to my Rock!
    Give honor to my God, the Rock! He is my Savior!
48 He is the God who pays back my enemies.
    He brings the nations under my control.
49     He sets me free from my enemies.
You have honored me more than them.
    You have saved me from a man who wanted to hurt me.
50 Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
    I will sing your praise.
51 He gives his king great victories.
    He shows his faithful love to his anointed king.
    He shows it to David and his family forever.”