Psalms 18. Diligam te, Domine.
I WILL love thee, O LORD, my strength. * The LORD is my stony
rock, and my defence;
2 My Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust; * my
buckler, 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 overflowings of
ungodliness made me afraid.
5 The pains of hell came about me; * the snares of death overtook
6 In my trouble I called upon the LORD, * and complained unto
7 So he heard my voice out of his holy temple, * and my complaint
came before him; it entered even into his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked, * the very foundations also
of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
9 There went a smoke out in his presence, * and a consuming fire
out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down, * and it was dark
under his feet.
11 He rode upon the Cherubim, and did fly; * he came flying upon
the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his secret place, * his pavilion round about
him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.
13 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed; * hailstones
and coals of fire.
14 The LORD also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave
his thunder; * hailstones and coals of fire.
15 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; * he cast forth
lightnings, and destroyed them.
16 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the
round world were discovered, * at thy chiding, O LORD, at the
blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.
17 He sent down from on high to fetch me, * and took me out of
18 He delivered me from my strongest enemy, and from them which
hate me; * for they were too mighty for me.
19 They came upon me in the day of my trouble; * but the LORD
was my upholder.
20 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty; * he brought
me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
21 The LORD rewarded me after my righteous
dealing, * according to the cleanness of my hands did he recompense
22 Because I have kept the ways of the LORD, * and have not forsaken
my God, as the wicked doth.
23 For I have an eye unto all his laws, * and will not cast out
his commandments from me.
24 I was also uncorrupt before him, * and eschewed mine own wickedness.
25 Therefore the LORD rewarded me after my righteous dealing,
* and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
26 With the holy thou shalt be holy, * and with a perfect man
thou shalt be perfect.
27 With the clean thou shalt be clean, * and with the froward
thou shalt be froward.
28 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity, and
shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
29 Thou also shalt light my candle; * the LORD my God shall make
my darkness to be light.
30 For in thee I shall discomfit an host of men, * and with the
help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
31 The way of God is an undefiled way: * the word of the LORD
also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that
put their trust in him.
32 For who is God, but the LORD? * or who hath any strength,
except our God?
33 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war, * and maketh
my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like harts' feet, * and setteth me up on
35 He teacheth mine hands to fight, * and mine arms shall bend
even a bow of steel.
36 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation; * thy right
hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make
37 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go, * that my
footsteps shall not slide.
38 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them; * neither
will I turn again till I have destroyed them.
39 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand, *
but fall under my feet.
40 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle; * thou
shalt throw down mine enemies under me.
41 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon
me, * and I shall destroy them that hate me.
42 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them; * yea,
even unto the LORD shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
43 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind: * I
will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
44 Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings of the people, *
and thou shalt make me the head of the nations; a people whom
I have not known shall serve me.
45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; * the strangers
shall feign obedience unto me.
46 The strangers shall fail, * and come trembling out of their
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my strong helper, * and praised
be the God of my salvation;
48 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged, * and subdueth
the people unto me.
49 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth
me up above mine adversaries: * thou shalt rid me from the wicked
50 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among
the Gentiles, * and sing praises unto thy Name.
51 Great prosperity giveth he unto his King, * and showeth loving-kindness
unto David his anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.