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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 22

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Song of Thanksgiving. * 1David sang the words of this song to the LORD when the LORD had rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. g Ps 18, 1 . 2This is what he sang: h 2–51: Ps 18, 3–51 .


I “O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, 3my God, my rock of refuge! My shield, the horn of my salvation,* my stronghold, my refuge, my savior, from violence you keep me safe. i 1 Sm 2, 1f . 4‘Praised be the LORD,’ I exclaim, and I am safe from my enemies.

II 5“The breakers of death surged round about me,* the floods of perdition overwhelmed me; 6The cords of the nether world enmeshed me, the snares of death overtook me. 7In my distress I called upon the LORD and cried out to my God; From his temple* he heard my voice, and my cry reached his ears.

III 8“The earth swayed and quaked;* the foundations of the heavens trembled and shook when his wrath flared up. 9Smoke rose from his nostrils, and a devouring fire from his mouth; he kindled coals into flame. 10He inclined the heavens and came down, with dark clouds under his feet. j Ps 144, 5 .

11He mounted a cherub* and flew, borne on the wings of the wind. k Ex 25, 18 . 12He made darkness the shelter about him, with spattering rain and thickening clouds. 13From the brightness of his presence coals were kindled to flame.

14“The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High gave forth his voice. 15He sent forth arrows to put them to flight; he flashed lightning and routed them. l Ps 144, 6 . 16Then the wellsprings of the sea appeared, the foundations of the earth were laid bare, At the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of the wind of his wrath.

17“He reached out from on high and grasped me; he drew me out of the deep waters. m Ps 144, 7 . 18He rescued me from my mighty enemy, from my foes, who were too powerful for me. 19They attacked me on my day of calamity, but the LORD came to my support. 20He set me free in the open, and rescued me, because he loves me.

IV 21“The LORD rewarded me according to my justice; according to the cleanness of my hands he requited me. 22For I kept the ways of the LORD and was not disloyal to my God. 23For his ordinances were all present to me, and his statutes I put not from me; 24But I was wholehearted toward him, and I was on my guard against guilt. 25And the LORD requited me according to my justice, according to my innocence in his sight.

26 n 26f: 1 Sm 2, 30 . “Toward the faithful you are faithful;* toward the wholehearted you are wholehearted; 27Toward the sincere you are sincere; but toward the crooked you are astute. 28You save lowly people, though on the lofty your eyes look down. 29You are my lamp,* O LORD! O my God, you brighten the darknessv about me. 30For with your aid I run against an armed band, and by the help of my God I leap over a wall. 31God's way is unerring; the promise of the LORD is fire‐tried; he is a shield to all who take refuge in him.” o Prv 30, 5 .


I 32“For who is God except the LORD? Who is a rock save our God? 33The God who girded me with strength and kept my way unerring; 34Who made my feet swift as those of hinds and set me on the heights;* 35Who trained my hands for war till my arms could bend a bow of brass.

II 36“You have given me your saving shield, and your help has made me great. 37You made room for my steps; unwavering was my stride. 38I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, nor did I turn again till I made an end of them. 39I smote them and they did not rise; they fell beneath my feet.

III 40“You girded me with strength for war; you subdued my adversaries beneath me. 41My enemies you put to flight before me and those who hated me I destroyed. 42They cried for help—but no one saved them; to the LORD—but he answered them not. 43I ground them fine as the dust of the earth; like the mud in the streets I trampled them down.

IV 44“You rescued me from the strife of my people; you made me head over nations. A people I had not known became myb slaves; 45as soon as they heard me, they obeyed. 46The foreigners fawned and cringed before me; they staggered forth from their fortresses.”

C 47“The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock! Extolled be my God, Rock of my salvation. 48O God, who granted me vengeance, who made peoples subject to me 49and helped me escape from my enemies, Above my adversaries you exalt me and from the violent man you rescue me. 50Therefore will I proclaim you, O LORD, among the nations, and I will sing praise to your name, p Ps 22, 23; Rom 15, 9 . 51You who gave great victories to your king and showed kindness to your anointed, to David and his posterity forever.”


g: Ps 18, 1 .

h: 2–51: Ps 18, 3–51 .

i: 1 Sm 2, 1f .

j: Ps 144, 5 .

k: Ex 25, 18 .

l: Ps 144, 6 .

m: Ps 144, 7 .

n: 26f: 1 Sm 2, 30 .

o: Prv 30, 5 .

p: Ps 22, 23; Rom 15, 9 .

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