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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).

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 18

Psalm 18

For the director of music. A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang the words of this song to the Lord. He sang them when the Lord saved him. He saved him from the power of all his enemies and of Saul. David said,

I love you, Lord.
    You give me strength.

The Lord is my rock and my place of safety. 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 called out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise.
    He saved me from my enemies.

The ropes of death were almost wrapped 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 cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice.
    My cry for help reached his ears.

The earth trembled and shook.
    The base of the mountains rocked back and forth.
    It 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.
He opened the heavens and came down.
    Dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He stood on the cherubim and flew.
    The wings of the wind lifted him up.
11 He covered himself with darkness.
    The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him.
12 Clouds came out of the brightness that was all around him.
    They came with hailstones and flashes of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven.
    The voice of the Most High God was heard.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered our enemies.
    He sent great flashes of lightning and chased the enemies away.
15 The bottom of the sea could be seen.
    The foundations of the earth were uncovered.
Lord, it happened when your anger blazed out.
    It came like a blast of breath from your nose.

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

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

25 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.
26 To those who are pure you show that you are pure.
    But to those whose paths are crooked you show that you are clever.
27 You save those who aren’t proud.
    But you bring down those whose eyes are proud.
28 Lord, you keep the lamp of my life burning brightly.
    You are my God. You bring light into my darkness.
29 With your help I can attack a troop of soldiers.
    With the help of my God I can climb over a wall.

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

37 I chased my enemies and caught them.
    I didn’t turn back until they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they couldn’t get up.
    They fell under my feet.
39 Lord, you gave me strength to fight the battle.
    You made my enemies humble in front of me.
40 You made them turn their backs and run away.
    So I destroyed my enemies.
41 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.
42 I beat them as fine as dust blown by the wind.
    I stomped on them like mud in the streets.

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

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