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Psalm 18


[Recommended tunes: Salzburg, St Andrew, St Peter]


To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto 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,


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

2My fortress is the Lord,

My rock, and he that doth to me

deliverance afford:

My God, my strength, whom I will trust,

a buckler unto me,

The horn of my salvation,

and my high tow'r, is he.


3Upon the Lord, who worthy is

of praises, will I cry;

And then shall I preserved be

safe from mine enemy.

4Floods of ill men affrighted me,

death's pangs about me went;

5Hell's sorrows me environed;

death's snares did me prevent.


6In my distress I call'd on God,

cry to my God did I;

He from his temple heard my voice,

to his ears came my cry.

7Th' earth, as affrighted, then did shake,

trembling upon it seiz'd:

The hills' foundations moved were,

because he was displeas'd.


8Up from his nostrils came a smoke,

and from his mouth there came

Devouring fire, and coals by it

were turned into flame.

9He also bowed down the heav'ns,

and thence he did descend;

And thickest clouds of darkness did

under his feet attend.


10And he upon a cherub rode,

and thereon he did fly;

Yea, on the swift wings of the wind

his flight was from on high.

11He darkness made his secret place:

about him, for his tent,

Dark waters were, and thickest clouds

of th' airy firmament.


12And at the brightness of that light,

which was before his eye,

His thick clouds pass'd away, hailstones

and coals of fire did fly.

13The Lord God also in the heav'ns

did thunder in his ire;

And there the Highest gave his voice,

hailstones and coals of fire.


14Yea, he his arrows sent abroad,

and them he scattered;

His lightnings also he shot out,

and them discomfited.

15The waters' channels then were seen,

the world's foundations vast

At thy rebuke discover'd were,

and at thy nostrils' blast.


16And from above the Lord sent down,

and took me from below;

From many waters he me drew,

which would me overflow.

17He me reliev'd from my strong foes,

and such as did me hate;

Because he saw that they for me

too strong were, and too great.


18They me prevented in the day

of my calamity;

But even then the Lord himself

a stay was unto me.

19He to a place where liberty

and room was hath me brought;

Because he took delight in me,

he my deliv'rance wrought.


20According to my righteousness

he did me recompense,

He me repaid according to

my hands' pure innocence.

21For I God's ways kept, from my God

did not turn wickedly.

22His judgments were before me, I

his laws put not from me.


23Sincere before him was my heart;

with him upright was I;

And watchfully I kept myself

from mine iniquity.

24After my righteousness the Lord

hath recompensed me,

After the cleanness of my hands

appearing in his eye.


25Thou gracious to the gracious art,

to upright men upright:

26Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth'st

unto the froward wight.

27For thou wilt the afflicted save

in grief that low do lie:

But wilt bring down the countenance

of them whose looks are high.


28The Lord will light my candle so,

that it shall shine full bright:

The Lord my God will also make

my darkness to be light.

29By thee through troops of men I break,

and them discomfit all;

And, by my God assisting me,

I overleap a wall.


30As for God, perfect is his way:

the Lord his word is try'd;

He is a buckler to all those

who do in him confide.

31Who but the Lord is God? but he

who is a rock and stay?

32'Tis God that girdeth me with strength,

and perfect makes my way.


33He made my feet swift as the hinds,

set me on my high places.

34Mine hands to war he taught, mine arms

brake bows of steel in pieces.

35The shield of thy salvation

thou didst on me bestow:

Thy right hand held me up, and great

thy kindness made me grow.


36And in my way my steps thou hast

enlarged under me,

That I go safely, and my feet

are kept from sliding free.

37Mine en'mies I pursued have,

and did them overtake;

Nor did I turn again till I

an end of them did make.


38I wounded them, they could not rise;

they at my feet did fall.

39Thou girdedst me with strength for war;

my foes thou brought'st down all:

40And thou hast giv'n to me the necks

of all mine enemies;

That I might them destroy and slay,

who did against me rise.


41They cried out, but there was none

that would or could them save;

Yea, they did cry unto the Lord,

but he no answer gave.

42Then did I beat them small as dust

before the wind that flies;

And I did cast them out like dirt

upon the street that lies.


43Thou mad'st me free from people's strife,

and heathen's head to be:

A people whom I have not known

shall service do to me.

44At hearing they shall me obey,

to me they shall submit.

45Strangers for fear shall fade away,

who in close places sit.


46God lives, bless'd be my Rock; the God

of my health praised be.

47God doth avenge me, and subdues

the people under me.

48He saves me from mine enemies;

yea, thou hast lifted me

Above my foes; and from the man

of vi'lence set me free.


49Therefore to thee will I give thanks

the heathen folk among;

And to thy name, O Lord, I will

sing praises in a song.

50He great deliv'rance gives his king:

he mercy doth extend

To David, his anointed one,

and his seed without end.



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