To the Overseer. -- By a servant of Jehovah, by David, who
hath spoken to Jehovah the words of this song in the day Jehovah delivered him
from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, and he saith: --
I love Thee, O Jehovah, my strength.
Jehovah is my rock, and my bulwark, And my deliverer,
My God is my rock, I trust in Him: My shield, and a horn of my
salvation, My high tower.
The 'Praised One' I call Jehovah, And from my enemies I am
Compassed me have cords of death, And streams of the
worthless make me afraid.
Cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been
snares of death.
In mine adversity I call Jehovah, And unto my God I cry. He
heareth from His temple my voice, And My cry before Him cometh into His ears.
And shake and tremble doth the earth, And foundations of
hills are troubled, And they shake -- because He hath wrath.
Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils, And fire from His mouth
consumeth, Coals have been kindled by it.
And He inclineth the heavens, and cometh down, And thick
darkness is under His feet.
And He rideth on a cherub, and doth fly, And He flieth on
wings of wind.
He maketh darkness His secret place, Round about Him His
tabernacle, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
From the brightness over-against Him His thick clouds have
passed on, Hail and coals of fire.
And thunder in the heavens doth Jehovah, And the Most High
giveth forth His voice, Hail and coals of fire.
And He sendeth His arrows and scattereth them, And much
lightning, and crusheth them.
And seen are the streams of waters, And revealed are
foundations of the earth. From Thy rebuke, O Jehovah, From the breath of the
spirit of Thine anger.
He sendeth from above -- He taketh me, He draweth me out of
He delivereth me from my strong enemy, And from those hating
me, For they have been stronger than I.
They go before me in a day of my calamity And Jehovah is for
a support to me.
And He bringeth me forth to a large place, He draweth me
out, because He delighted in me.
Jehovah doth recompense me According to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands, He doth return to me.
For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not done
wickedly against my God.
For all His judgments are before me, And His statutes
I turn not from me.
And I am perfect with him, And I keep myself from mine
And Jehovah doth return to me, According to my
righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, Over-against his eyes.
With the kind Thou showest Thyself kind, With a perfect man
showest Thyself perfect.
With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure, And with the
perverse showest Thyself a wrestler,
For Thou a poor people savest, And the eyes of the high
causest to fall.
For Thou -- Thou lightest my lamp, Jehovah my God
enlighteneth my darkness.
For by Thee I run -- a troop! And by my God I leap a wall.
God! perfect is His way, The saying of Jehovah is
tried, A shield is He to all those trusting in Him.
For who is God besides Jehovah? And who is a
rock save our God?
God! who is girding me with strength, And He maketh
perfect my way.
Making my feet like hinds, And on my high places causeth me
Teaching my hands for battle, And a bow of brass was brought
down by my arms.
And Thou givest to me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy
right hand doth support me, And Thy lowliness maketh me great.
Thou enlargest my step under me, And mine ankles have not
I pursue mine enemies, and overtake them, And turn back not
till they are consumed.
I smite them, and they are not able to rise, They fall under
And Thou girdest me with strength for battle, Causest
my withstanders to bow under me.
As to mine enemies -- Thou hast given to me the neck, As to
those hating me -- I cut them off.
They cry, and there is no saviour, On Jehovah, and He doth
not answer them.
And I beat them as dust before wind, As mire of the streets
I empty them out.
Thou dost deliver me From the strivings of the people, Thou
placest me for a head of nations, A people I have not known do serve me.
At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me, Sons of a
stranger feign obedience to me,
Sons of a stranger fade away, And are slain out of their
Jehovah liveth -- and blessed is my rock, And exalted
is the God of my salvation.
God -- who is giving vengeance to me, And He subdueth
peoples under me,
My deliverer from mine enemies, Above my withstanders Thou
raisest me, From a man of violence dost deliver me.
Therefore I confess Thee among nations, O Jehovah, And to
Thy name I sing praise,
Magnifying the salvation of His king, And doing kindness to
His anointed, To David, and to his seed -- unto the age!