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

2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and he

that delivereth me, my God and my strength: in him

will I trust, my shield, the horn also of my salvation,

and my refuge.

3 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to

be praised: so shall I be safe from mine enemies.

4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the

floods of wickedness made me afraid.

5 The sorrows of the grave have compassed me

about: the snares of death overtook me.

6 But in my trouble did I call upon the Lord,

and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of

his Temple, and my cry did come before him, even

into his ears.

7 Then the earth trembled and quaked: the

foundations also of the mountains moved and shook,

because he was angry.

8 Smoke went out at his nostrils, and a consuming

fire out of his mouth: coals were kindled thereat.

9 He bowed the heavens also and came down,

and darkness was under his feet.

10 And he rode upon Cherub, and did fly, and

he came flying upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place, and his

pavilion round about him, even darkness of waters,

and clouds of the air.

12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds

passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heaven, and the

Highest gave his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.

14 Then he sent out his arrows and scattered them,

and he increased lightnings and destroyed them.

15 And the channels of waters were seen, and the

foundations of the world were discovered at thy

rebuking, O Lord, at the blasting of the breath of

thy nostrils.

16 He hath sent down from above and taken me:

he hath drawn me out of many waters.

17 He hath delivered me from my strong enemy,

and from them which hate 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 favored me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness:

according to the pureness of mine hand

he recompensed me:

21 Because I kept the ways of the Lord, and did

not wickedly against my God.

22 For all his laws were before me, and I did not

cast away his commandments from me.

23 I was upright also with him, and have kept me

from my wickedness.

24 Therefore the Lord rewarded me according to

my righteousness, and according to the pureness of

mine hands in his sight.

25 With the godly thou wilt show thyself godly: with

the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.

26 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure, and

with the froward thou wilt show thyself froward.

27 Thus thou wilt save the poor people, and wilt

cast down to proud looks.

28 Surely thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my

God will lighten my darkness.

29 For by thee I have broken through an host,

and by my God I have leaped over a wall.

30 The way of God is uncorrupt: the word of the

Lord is tried in the fire: he is a shield to all that trust

in him.

31 For who is God besides the Lord? and who is

mighty save our God?

32 God girdeth me with strength, and maketh my

way upright.

33 He maketh my feet like hind’s feet, and setteth

me upon mine high places.

34 He teacheth mine hands to fight: so that a bow

of brass is broken with mine arms.

35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy

salvation, and thy right hand hath stayed me, and

thy lovingkindness hath caused me to increase.

36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, and

my heels have not slid.

37 I have pursued mine enemies, and taken

them, and have not turned again till I had 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 to

battle: them that rose against me, thou hast subdued

under me.

40 And thou hast 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 I did beat them small as the dust before

the wind: I did tread them flat as the clay in the


43 Thou hast delivered me from the contentions

of the people: 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 they shall obey me: the

strangers shall be in subjection to me.

45 Strangers shall shrink away, and fear in their

pure chambers.

46 Let the Lord live, and blessed be my strength,

and the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God that giveth me power to avenge me,

and subdued the people under me.

48 O my deliverer from mine enemies, even thou

hast set me up from those that rose against me; thou

hast delivered me from the cruel man.

49 Therefore I will praise thee, O Lord, among

the nations, and will sing unto thy Name.

50 Great deliverances giveth he unto his king, and

showeth mercy to his anointed, even to David, and

to his seed forever.

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