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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 Living Translation

2 Samuel 22

David’s Song of Praise

1David sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
He is my refuge, my savior,
    the one who saves me from violence.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.

“The waves of death overwhelmed me;
    floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave[a] wrapped its ropes around me;
    death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
    yes, I cried to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
    my cry reached his ears.

“Then the earth quaked and trembled.
    The foundations of the heavens shook;
    they quaked because of his anger.
Smoke poured from his nostrils;
    fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
    Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
10 He opened the heavens and came down;
    dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
11 Mounted on a mighty angelic being,[b] he flew,
    soaring[c] on the wings of the wind.
12 He shrouded himself in darkness,
    veiling his approach with dense rain clouds.
13 A great brightness shone around him,
    and burning coals[d] blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot arrows and scattered his enemies;
    his lightning flashed, and they were confused.
16 Then at the command of the Lord,
    at the blast of his breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
    and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.

17 “He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
    from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
19 They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
    but the Lord supported me.
20 He led me to a place of safety;
    he rescued me because he delights in me.
21 The Lord rewarded me for doing right;
    he restored me because of my innocence.
22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
23 I have followed all his regulations;
    I have never abandoned his decrees.
24 I am blameless before God;
    I have kept myself from sin.
25 The Lord rewarded me for doing right.
    He has seen my innocence.

26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
    to those with integrity you show integrity.
27 To the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
28 You rescue the humble,
    but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.
29 O Lord, you are my lamp.
    The Lord lights up my darkness.
30 In your strength I can crush an army;
    with my God I can scale any wall.

31 “God’s way is perfect.
    All the Lord’s promises prove true.
    He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
32 For who is God except the Lord?
    Who but our God is a solid rock?
33 God is my strong fortress,
    and he makes my way perfect.
34 He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle;
    he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
36 You have given me your shield of victory;
    your help[e] has made me great.
37 You have made a wide path for my feet
    to keep them from slipping.

38 “I chased my enemies and destroyed them;
    I did not stop until they were conquered.
39 I consumed them;
    I struck them down so they did not get up;
    they fell beneath my feet.
40 You have armed me with strength for the battle;
    you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
41 You placed my foot on their necks.
    I have destroyed all who hated me.
42 They looked for help, but no one came to their rescue.
    They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
43 I ground them as fine as the dust of the earth;
    I trampled them[f] in the gutter like dirt.

44 “You gave me victory over my accusers.
    You preserved me as the ruler over nations;
    people I don’t even know now serve me.
45 Foreign nations cringe before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they submit.
46 They all lose their courage
    and come trembling[g] from their strongholds.

47 “The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
    May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!
48 He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
    he brings down the nations under me
49     and delivers me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
    you save me from violent opponents.
50 For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
    I will sing praises to your name.
51 You give great victories to your king;
    you show unfailing love to your anointed,
    to David and all his descendants forever.”

Notas al pie

  1. 22:6 Hebrew Sheol.
  2. 22:11a Hebrew a cherub.
  3. 22:11b As in some Hebrew manuscripts (see also Ps 18:10); other Hebrew manuscripts read appearing.
  4. 22:13 Or and lightning bolts.
  5. 22:36 As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads your answering.
  6. 22:43 As in Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Ps 18:42); Masoretic Text reads I crushed and trampled them.
  7. 22:46 As in parallel text at Ps 18:45; Hebrew reads come girding themselves.