King James Version

Psalm 18

1I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord 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 the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

32 It is 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 a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

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Salme 18

Davids sejrssang

1Til korlederen: En sang af Herrens tjener, David. Han sang den til Herren i anledning af, at Herren havde reddet ham fra Saul og alle hans øvrige fjender.

Jeg elsker Herren,
    han er min redning.
Herren er min Klippeborg
    og min Beskytter.
Han er mit Skjul,
    hos ham søger jeg tilflugt.
Han er mit Skjold,
    min Frelse og min Fæstning.
Jeg kalder på Herren, den Højlovede,
    og frelses fra mine fjender.

Dødens reb omsluttede mig,
    undergangens bølger væltede ind over mig,
dødsriget strammede sit greb om mig,
    jeg sad fast i dødens fælde.
I min fortvivlelse råbte jeg til Herren,
    jeg bad til Gud om hjælp.
Han hørte mig fra sin helligdom,
    mit skrig nåede frem til hans ører.
Da rystede jorden og skælvede,
    bjergenes grundvolde bævede,
        for Herrens vrede var blusset op.
Røg væltede ud af hans næsebor,
    fortærende ild skød ud af hans mund,
        glødende kul sprang frem fra ham.
10 Han skubbede himlens forhæng til side
    og trådte ud på de mørke stormskyer.
11 Han steg op på en kerub og fløj,
    fór frem på vindens vinger.
12 Han hyllede sig i mørke,
    omgav sig med sorte tordenskyer.
13 Lynene glimtede foran ham,
    og haglene faldt fra skyerne.
14 Herren tordnede fra himlen,
    den højeste Gud lod sin røst høre.
15 Han skød sine pile,
    sendte fjenderne på flugt.
Han sendte sine lyn af sted,
    så fjenderne spredtes for alle vinde.
16 Herren fnyste i sin harme,
    så Jordens vande blev pisket op,
        og havets bund kom til syne.

17 Fra det høje rakte han hånden ud,
    trak mig op af det dybe vand.
18 Han frelste mig fra mine fjender,
    de hadede mig og var mig for stærke.
19 Da jeg var svag, overfaldt de mig,
    men Herren holdt mig fast
20 og førte mig i sikkerhed.
    Han frelste mig, fordi han elsker mig.
21 Herren belønnede mig for mit retsind,
    tog hensyn til min uskyld,
22 for jeg har holdt mig til hans veje.
    Jeg har ikke i ondskab vendt mig fra min Gud.
23 Altid har jeg hans bud i tanke,
    aldrig har jeg vendt ryggen til hans love.
24 Jeg har adlydt ham til punkt og prikke
    og holdt mig borte fra synden.
25 Herren har belønnet mig for min retfærd,
    han kender min pletfri levevis.
26 Herre, du er trofast mod dem, der er trofaste mod dig,
    retskaffen overfor de retskafne.
27 Du handler uskyldsrent med de uskyldige,
    men er snu mod de snedige.
28 Du ophøjer de ydmyge,
    men ydmyger de hovmodige.
29 Herre, du er mit lys og mit håb,
    du tænder dit lys i mørket.
30 Ved din hjælp kan jeg springe over mure
    og forcere enhver forhindring.

31 Guds veje er fuldkomne,
    hans løfter er sande.
Han er et skjold for dem,
    der søger ly hos ham.
32 Hvor findes der en gud som Herren?
    Hvor findes en klippe som ham?
33 Han giver mig styrke,
    han jævner vejen foran mig.
34 Han gør mine skridt sikre som hjortens,
    han giver mig fodfæste på bjergene.
35 Han træner mine arme til kamp,
    så jeg kan spænde kobberbuen.
36 Herre, du giver mig din frelse som et skjold,
    du støtter mig med din højre hånd,
        din hjælp giver mig styrke.
37 Du udjævner stien foran mig,
    så jeg ikke snubler og falder.
38 Jeg forfulgte mine fjender og gjorde det af med dem,
    jeg holdt ikke inde, før de alle var besejret.
39 Jeg slog dem ned, så de ikke kunne rejse sig,
    de ligger faldne ved mine fødder.
40 Du gav mig styrke til kampen,
    du tvang mine modstandere i knæ,
41 du slog mine fjender på flugt,
    jeg gjorde det af med dem, som hadede mig.
42 De råbte om hjælp,
    men ingen kom til undsætning.
De råbte til dig, Herre,
    men du ville ikke høre.
43 Jeg knuste dem til støv, som hvirvler i vinden,
    jeg trådte dem ned som snavs på gaden.
44 Du hjalp mig i kampen mod fjendtlige hære,
    gav mig sejr over fremmede folkeslag,
        som nu er blevet mig underlagt.
45 Straks de hørte min røst, adlød de.
    De kom krybende hen til mig.
46 De tabte fuldstændig modet,
    kom skælvende frem fra deres skjul.

47 Herren lever!
Lovet være min redningsmand.
    Ære være min Gud, som frelste mig,
48 den Gud, som besejrede mine fjender,
    som gjorde mig til hersker over fremmede folkeslag.
49 Herre, du reddede mig fra mine fjender.
    Du førte mig i sikkerhed,
        og frelste mig fra voldens mænd.

50 Derfor vil jeg lovprise dig blandt folkeslagene, Herre.
    Jeg vil synge om din storhed.
51 Du giver din konge en mægtig sejr,
    du viser nåde mod din salvede konge,
        mod mig og mine efterkommere til evig tid.