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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 18

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A King's Thanksgiving for Victory

1For the leader. Of David, the servant of the LORD, who sang to the LORD the words of this song after the LORD had rescued him from the clutches of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2He said:

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I love you, LORD, my strength, 3 LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, y 2–51: 2 Sm 22, 2–51 . My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn,* my stronghold! z Pss 3, 4; 31, 3–4; 42, 10; Gn 49, 24; Dt 32, 4 . 4Praised be the LORD, I exclaim! I have been delivered from my enemies.

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5The breakers of death surged round about me; the menacing floods terrified me. 6The cords* of Sheol tightened; the snares of death lay in wait for me. a Pss 88, 8; 93, 3–4; 116, 3–4 . 7In my distress I called out: LORD! I cried out to my God. b Jon 2, 3 . From his temple* he heard my voice; my cry to him reached his ears. 8The earth rocked and shook;* the foundations of the mountains trembled; they shook as his wrath flared up. c Pss 97, 3–4; 99, 1; Jgs 5, 4–5; Is 64, 1; Hab 3, 9–11 . 9Smoke rose in his nostrils, a devouring fire poured from his mouth; it kindled coals into flame. 10He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud under his feet. d Pss 104, 3; 144, 5; Is 63, 19 . 11Mounted on a cherub* he flew, borne along on the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness the cover about him; his canopy, heavy thunderheads. 13Before him scudded his clouds, hail and lightning too. e Ex 13, 21; 19, 16 . 14The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High made his voice resound. f Pss 29; 77, 19; Ex 19, 19; Jb 37, 3–4 . 15He let fly his arrows* and scattered them; shot his lightning bolts and dispersed them. g Ps 144, 6; Wis 5, 21 . 16Then the bed of the sea appeared; the world's foundations lay bare, h Ps 77, 17; Zec 9, 14 . At the roar of the LORD, at the storming breath of his nostrils. 17He reached down from on high and seized me; drew me out of the deep waters. i Ps 144, 7 . 18He rescued me from my mighty enemy, from foes too powerful for me. 19They attacked me on a day of distress, but the LORD came to my support. 20He set me free in the open; he rescued me because he loves me.

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21The LORD acknowledged my righteousness, rewarded my clean hands. j Ps 26; 1 Sm 26, 23 . 22For I kept the ways of the LORD; I was not disloyal to my God. 23His laws were all before me, his decrees I did not cast aside. 24I was honest toward him; I was on guard against sin. 25So the LORD rewarded my righteousness, the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 26Toward the faithful you are faithful; to the honest you are honest; k Ps 125, 4 . 27Toward the sincere, sincere; but to the perverse you are devious. 28Humble people you save; haughty eyes you bring low. l Jb 22, 29; Prv 3, 34 . 29You, LORD, give light to my lamp; my God brightens the darkness about me. m Pss 27, 1; 36, 10; 43, 3; 119, 105; Jb 29, 3; Mi 7, 8 . 30With you I can rush an armed band, with my God to help I can leap a wall. 31God's way is unerring; the LORD's promise is tried and true; he is a shield for all who trust in him. n Pss 12, 6; 77, 13; Prv 30, 5 .

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32Truly, who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is the rock? o Is 44, 8; 45, 21 . 33This God who girded me with might, kept my way unerring, 34Who made my feet swift as a deer's, set me safe on the heights, p Hb 3, 19 . 35Who trained my hands for war, my arms to bend even a bow of bronze. q Ps 144, 1 . *

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36You have given me your protecting shield; your right hand has upheld me; you stooped to make me great. 37You gave me room to stride; my feet never stumbled. r Ps 17, 5 . 38I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till I destroyed them. 39I struck them down; they could not rise; they fell dead at my feet. 40You girded me with strength for war, subdued adversaries at my feet. 41My foes you put to flight before me; those who hated me I destroyed. 42They cried for help, but no one saved them; cried to the LORD but got no answer. 43I ground them fine as dust in the wind; like mud in the streets I trampled them down. 44You rescued me from the strife of peoples; you made me head over nations. A people I had not known became my slaves; 45as soon as they heard of me they obeyed. Foreigners cringed before me; 46their courage failed; they came trembling from their fortresses. s Mi 7, 17 .

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47The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock! t Ps 144, 1 . Exalted be God, my savior! 48O God who granted me vindication, made peoples subject to me, u Ps 144, 2 . 49and preserved me from my enemies, Truly you have exalted me above my adversaries, from the violent you have rescued me. 50Thus I will proclaim you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. v Pss 7, 18; 30, 5; 57, 9; 135, 3; 146, 2; Rom 15, 9 . 51You have given great victories to your king, and shown kindness to your anointed, to David and his posterity forever. w Pss 89, 28–37; 144, 10; 1 Sm 2, 10 .

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