David's Song of Deliverance
22 1 And David spoke to Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul.
2 And he said, Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 God is my rock, in him will I trust—My shield, and the horn of my salvation, My high tower, and my refuge, My saviour: thou wilt save me from violence. 4 I will call upon Jehovah, who is to be praised; So shall I be saved from mine enemies. 5 For the waves of death encompassed me, Torrents of Belial made me afraid. 6 The bands of Sheol surrounded me; The cords of death encountered me; 7 In my distress I called upon Jehovah, And I cried to my God; And he heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry [came] into his ears. 8 Then the earth shook, and quaked; The foundations of the heavens trembled And shook because he was wroth. 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals burned forth from it. 10 And he bowed the heavens, and came down; And darkness was under his feet. 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; And he was seen upon the wings of the wind. 12 And he made darkness round about him a tent, Gatherings of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 13 From the brightness before him Burned forth coals of fire. 14 Jehovah thundered from the heavens, And the Most High uttered his voice. 15 And he sent arrows, and scattered [mine enemies]; Lightning, and discomfited them. 16 And the beds of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils. 17 He reached forth from above, he took me, He drew me out of great waters; 18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From them that hated me; For they were mightier than I. 19 They encountered me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay. 20 And he brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me. 21 Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 22 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 23 For all his ordinances were before me, And his statutes, I did not depart from them, 24 And I was upright before him, And kept myself from mine iniquity. 25 And Jehovah hath recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness in his sight. 26 With the gracious thou dost shew thyself gracious; With the upright man thou dost shew thyself upright; 27 With the pure thou dost shew thyself pure; And with the perverse thou dost shew thyself contrary. 28 And the afflicted people thou dost save; And thine eyes are upon the haughty, [whom] thou bringest down. 29 For thou art my lamp, Jehovah; And Jehovah enlighteneth my darkness. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop; By my God have I leaped over a wall. 31 As for God, his way is perfect; The word of Jehovah is tried: He is a shield to all that trust in him. 32 For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, save our God? 33 God is my strong fortress, And he maketh my way perfectly smooth. 34 He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet], And setteth me upon my high places. 35 He teacheth my hands to war, And mine arms bend a bow of brass. 36 And thou didst give me the shield of thy salvation, And thy condescending gentleness hath made me great. 37 Thou enlargedst my steps under me; And mine ankles did not slip. 38 I pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them, And I turned not again till they were consumed. 39 And I have consumed them and have crushed them, and they rose not again; Yea, they fell under my feet. 40 And thou girdedst me with strength to battle: Thou didst subdue under me those that rose up against me. 41 And mine enemies didst thou make to turn their backs unto me, And those that hated me I destroyed. 42 They looked, and there was none to save—Unto Jehovah, and he answered them not. 43 And I did beat them small as the dust of the earth, I trod them as the mire of the streets; I stamped upon them. 44 And thou hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, Thou hast kept me to be head of the nations: A people I knew not doth serve me: 45 Strangers come cringing unto me: At the hearing of the ear, they obey me. 46 Strangers have faded away, And they come trembling forth from their close places. 47 Jehovah liveth; and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God, the rock of my salvation, 48 The God who hath avenged me, And hath brought the peoples under me. 49 He brought me forth from mine enemies: Yea, thou hast lifted me up above them that rose up against me; From the man of violence hast thou delivered me. 50 Therefore will I give thanks to thee, Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing psalms to thy name. 51 [It is he] who giveth great deliverances to his king, And sheweth loving-kindness to his anointed, To David, and to his seed for evermore.
The Last Words of David
23 1 Now these are the last words of David: David the son of Jesse saith, And the man who was raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel saith, 2 The Spirit of Jehovah spoke by me, And his word was on my tongue. 3 The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, The ruler among men shall be just, Ruling in the fear of God; 4 And [he shall be] as the light or the morning, [like] the rising of the sun, A morning without clouds; [When] from the sunshine, after rain, The green grass springeth from the earth. 5 Although my house be not so before God, Yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in every way and sure; For [this is] all my salvation, and every desire, Although he make [it] not to grow. 6 But [the sons] of Belial [are] all of them as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands; 7 And the man that will touch them provideth himself with iron and the staff of a spear; And they shall be utterly burned with fire in [their] place.
David's Mighty Men
8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Joseb-Bassebeth, Tachkemonite the chief of the captains: he was Adino the Eznite; he [fought] against eight hundred, slain [by him] at one time. 9 And after him, Eleazar the son of Dodo the son of an Ahohite: he was one of the three mighty men with David, when they had defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone up. 10 He arose and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave to the sword; and Jehovah wrought a great deliverance that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 11 And after him, Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite: the Philistines were gathered into a troop, and there was there a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people had fled before the Philistines; 12 and he stood in the midst of the plot and delivered it, and smote the Philistines, and Jehovah wrought a great deliverance. 13 And three of the thirty chiefs went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, when the troop of the Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 14 And David was then in the stronghold; and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem. 15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate! 16 And the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; however he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Jehovah. 17 And he said, Be it far from me, Jehovah, that I should do this thing! is it not the blood of the men that went at the risk of their lives? Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was the chief of three; and he brandished his spear against three hundred and slew them; and he had a name among the three. 19 Was he not most honourable of three? and he was their captain; but he did not attain to the [first] three. 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, son of a valiant man, great in exploits, of Kabzeel: he it was that smote two lions of Moab; and he went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 21 He also smote the Egyptian, an imposing man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear. 22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he had a name among the three mighty men. 23 He was honoured above the thirty, but he did not attain to the [first] three. And David set him in his council. 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, 30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33 Shammah the Ararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armour-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
A Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors
57 1 To the chief Musician. 'Destroy not.' Of David. Michtam; when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be gracious unto me, O God, be gracious unto me; for my soul taketh refuge in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings do I take refuge, until the calamities be overpast. 2 I will call unto God, the Most High; unto God that performeth [all] for me. 3 He will send from the heavens and save me; he hath covered with reproach him that would swallow me up. Selah. God hath sent forth his loving-kindness and his truth. 4 My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down [among] them that breathe out flames, the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let thy glory be above all the earth! 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down: they have digged a pit before me; they are fallen into the midst thereof. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing, yea, I will sing psalms. 8 Awake, my glory; awake, lute and harp: I will wake the dawn. 9 I will give thee thanks among the peoples, O Lord; of thee will I sing psalms among the nations: 10 For thy loving-kindness is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let thy glory be above all the earth!