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
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
31 For who is God besides the Lord? and who is
mighty save our God?
32 God girdeth me with strength, and maketh my
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
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
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
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.