New American Standard Bible

Psalm 18

The Lord Praised for Giving Deliverance.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, [a]who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said,

1“I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
The Lord is my [b]rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death encompassed me,
And the torrents of [c]ungodliness [d]terrified me.
The cords of [e]Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple,
And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Then the earth shook and quaked;
And the foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
Smoke went up [f]out of His nostrils,
And fire from His mouth devoured;
Coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
10 He rode upon a cherub and flew;
And He sped upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His hiding place, His [g]canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,
And lightning flashes in abundance, and [h]routed them.
15 Then the channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were [i]laid bare
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16 He sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my stay.
19 He brought me forth also into a broad place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

20 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all His ordinances were before me,
And I did not put away His statutes from me.
23 I was also [j]blameless with Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

25 With the kind You show Yourself kind;
With the [k]blameless You show Yourself blameless;
26 With the pure You show Yourself pure,
And with the crooked You show Yourself [l]astute.
27 For You save an afflicted people,
But haughty eyes You abase.
28 For You light my lamp;
The Lord my God illumines my darkness.
29 For by You I can [m]run upon a troop;
And by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 As for God, His way is [n]blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God,
32 The God who girds me with strength
And [o]makes my way [p]blameless?
33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
34 He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your [q]gentleness makes me great.
36 You enlarge my steps under me,
And my [r]feet have not slipped.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
38 I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise;
They fell under my feet.
39 For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have [s]subdued under me those who rose up against me.
40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
And I [t]destroyed those who hated me.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save,
Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
42 Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind;
I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the contentions of the people;
You have placed me as head of the nations;
A people whom I have not known serve me.
44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Foreigners [u]submit to me.
45 Foreigners fade away,
And come trembling out of their [v]fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 The God who executes vengeance for me,
And subdues peoples under me.
48 He delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.
49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord,
And I will sing praises to Your name.
50 He gives great [w]deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his [x]descendants forever.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 18:1 2 Sam 22:1-51
  2. Psalm 18:2 Or crag
  3. Psalm 18:4 Or destruction; Heb Belial
  4. Psalm 18:4 Or were assailing or terrifying
  5. Psalm 18:5 I.e. the nether world
  6. Psalm 18:8 Or in His wrath
  7. Psalm 18:11 Or pavilion
  8. Psalm 18:14 Lit confused
  9. Psalm 18:15 Or uncovered
  10. Psalm 18:23 Lit complete; or having integrity; or perfect
  11. Psalm 18:25 V 23, note 1
  12. Psalm 18:26 Lit twisted
  13. Psalm 18:29 Or crush a troop
  14. Psalm 18:30 V 23, note 1
  15. Psalm 18:32 Or has made
  16. Psalm 18:32 Lit complete; or having integrity
  17. Psalm 18:35 Or condescension
  18. Psalm 18:36 Lit ankles
  19. Psalm 18:39 Lit caused to bow down
  20. Psalm 18:40 Or silenced
  21. Psalm 18:44 Lit deceive me; i.e. give feigned obedience
  22. Psalm 18:45 Lit fastnesses
  23. Psalm 18:50 I.e. victories; lit salvations
  24. Psalm 18:50 Lit seed

Nueva Versión Internacional

Salmos 18

Al director musical. De David, siervo del Señor. David dedicó al Señor la letra de esta canción cuando el Señor lo libró de Saúl y de todos sus enemigos. Dijo así:

1¡Cuánto te amo, Señor, fuerza mía!

El Señor es mi roca, mi amparo, mi libertador;
    es mi Dios, el peñasco en que me refugio.
Es mi escudo, el poder que me salva,[a]
    ¡mi más alto escondite!
Invoco al Señor, que es digno de alabanza,
    y quedo a salvo de mis enemigos.

Los lazos de la muerte me envolvieron;
    los torrentes destructores me abrumaron.
Me enredaron los lazos del sepulcro,
    y me encontré ante las trampas de la muerte.
En mi angustia invoqué al Señor;
    clamé a mi Dios,
y él me escuchó desde su templo;
    ¡mi clamor llegó a sus oídos!

La tierra tembló, se estremeció;
    se sacudieron los cimientos de los montes;
    ¡retemblaron a causa de su enojo!
Por la nariz echaba humo,
    por la boca, fuego consumidor;
    ¡lanzaba carbones encendidos!

Rasgando el cielo, descendió,
    pisando sobre oscuros nubarrones.
10 Montando sobre un querubín, surcó los cielos
    y se remontó sobre las alas del viento.
11 Hizo de las tinieblas su escondite,
    de los oscuros y cargados nubarrones
    un pabellón que lo rodeaba.
12 De su radiante presencia brotaron nubes,
    granizos y carbones encendidos.

13 En el cielo, entre granizos y carbones encendidos,
    se oyó el trueno del Señor,
    resonó la voz del Altísimo.
14 Lanzó sus flechas, sus grandes centellas;
    dispersó a mis enemigos y los puso en fuga.
15 A causa de tu reprensión, oh Señor,
    y por el resoplido de tu enojo,[b]
las cuencas del mar quedaron a la vista;
    ¡al descubierto quedaron los cimientos de la tierra!

16 Extendiendo su mano desde lo alto,
    tomó la mía y me sacó del mar profundo.
17 Me libró de mi enemigo poderoso,
    y de aquellos que me odiaban
    y eran más fuertes que yo.
18 En el día de mi desgracia me salieron al encuentro,
    pero mi apoyo fue el Señor.
19 Me sacó a un amplio espacio;
    me libró porque se agradó de mí.

20 El Señor me ha pagado conforme a mi justicia;
    me ha premiado conforme a la limpieza de mis manos,
21 pues he andado en los caminos del Señor;
    no he cometido mal alguno
    ni me he apartado de mi Dios.
22 Presentes tengo todas sus sentencias;
    no me he alejado de sus decretos.
23 He sido íntegro con él
    y me he abstenido de pecar.
24 El Señor me ha recompensado conforme a mi justicia,
    conforme a la limpieza de mis manos.

25 Tú eres fiel con quien es fiel,
    e irreprochable con quien es irreprochable;
26 sincero eres con quien es sincero,
    pero sagaz con el que es tramposo.
27 Tú das la victoria a los humildes,
    pero humillas a los altaneros.
28 Tú, Señor, mantienes mi lámpara encendida;
    tú, Dios mío, iluminas mis tinieblas.
29 Con tu apoyo me lanzaré contra un ejército;
    contigo, Dios mío, podré asaltar murallas.

30 El camino de Dios es perfecto;
    la palabra del Señor es intachable.
    Escudo es Dios a los que en él se refugian.
31 ¿Quién es Dios, si no el Señor?
    ¿Quién es la roca, si no nuestro Dios?
32 Es él quien me arma de valor
    y endereza mi camino;
33 da a mis pies la ligereza del venado,
    y me mantiene firme en las alturas;
34 adiestra mis manos para la batalla,
    y mis brazos para tensar arcos de bronce.
35 Tú me cubres con el escudo de tu salvación,
    y con tu diestra me sostienes;
    tu bondad me ha hecho prosperar.
36 Me has despejado el camino,
    así que mis tobillos no flaquean.

37 Perseguí a mis enemigos, les di alcance,
    y no retrocedí hasta verlos aniquilados.
38 Los aplasté. Ya no pudieron levantarse.
    ¡Cayeron debajo de mis pies!
39 Tú me armaste de valor para el combate;
    bajo mi planta sometiste a los rebeldes.
40 Hiciste retroceder a mis enemigos,
    y así exterminé a los que me odiaban.
41 Pedían ayuda; no hubo quien los salvara.
    Al Señor clamaron,[c] pero no les respondió.
42 Los desmenucé. Parecían polvo disperso por el viento.
    ¡Los pisoteé[d] como al lodo de las calles!

43 Me has librado de una turba amotinada;
    me has puesto por encima de los paganos;
    me sirve gente que yo no conocía.
44 Apenas me oyen, me obedecen;
    son extranjeros, y me rinden homenaje.
45 ¡Esos extraños se descorazonan,
    y temblando salen de sus refugios!
46 ¡El Señor vive! ¡Alabada sea mi roca!
    ¡Exaltado sea Dios mi Salvador!
47 Él es el Dios que me vindica,
    el que pone los pueblos a mis pies.

48 Tú me libras del furor de mis enemigos,
    me exaltas por encima de mis adversarios,
    me salvas de los hombres violentos.
49 Por eso, Señor, te alabo entre las naciones
    y canto salmos a tu nombre.

50 El Señor da grandes victorias a su rey;
    a su ungido David y a sus descendientes
    les muestra por siempre su gran amor.

Notas al pie

  1. 18:2 el poder que me salva. Lit. el cuerno de mi salvación.
  2. 18:15 por … tu enojo. Lit. por el soplo del aliento de tu nariz.
  3. 18:41 Al Señor clamaron (versiones antiguas); TM no incluye clamaron.
  4. 18:42 Los pisoteé (LXX, Siríaca, Targum, mss. y 2S 22:43); Los vacié (TM).