New International Version - UK

Psalm 18

Psalm 18[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him –
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
    with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop;[e]
    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:
    the Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them –
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
    I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
44     foreigners cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;
    they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be God my Saviour!
47 He is the God who avenges me,
    who subdues nations under me,
48     who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
    to David and to his descendants for ever.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 18:1 In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
  2. Psalm 18:2 Or sovereign
  3. Psalm 18:2 Horn here symbolises strength.
  4. Psalm 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
  5. Psalm 18:29 Or can run through a barricade
  6. Psalm 18:42 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out

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.