Psalms 18 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Psalms 18


Psalms 18:1

I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength.

Psalms 18:2

Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

Psalms 18:3

I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalms 18:4

The cords of death compassed me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Psalms 18:5

The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me.

Psalms 18:6

In my distress I called upon Jehovah, And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry before him came into his ears.

Psalms 18:7

Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the mountains quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth.

Psalms 18:8

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it.

Psalms 18:9

He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet.

Psalms 18:10

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind.

Psalms 18:11

He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion round about him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Psalms 18:12

At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalms 18:13

Jehovah also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered his voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalms 18:14

And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them.

Psalms 18:15

Then the channels of waters appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare, At thy rebuke, O Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

Psalms 18:16

He sent from on high, he took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Psalms 18:17

He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from them that hated me; For they were too mighty for me.

Psalms 18:18

They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay.

Psalms 18:19

He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

Psalms 18:20

Jehovah hath rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

Psalms 18:21

For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psalms 18:22

For all his ordinances were before me, And I put not away his statutes from me.

Psalms 18:23

I was also perfect with him, And I kept myself from mine iniquity.

Psalms 18:24

Therefore hath Jehovah recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

Psalms 18:25

With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;

Psalms 18:26

With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.

Psalms 18:27

For thou wilt save the afflicted people; But the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down.

Psalms 18:28

For thou wilt light my lamp: Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness.

Psalms 18:29

For by thee I run upon a troop; And by my God do I leap over a wall.

Psalms 18:30

As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him.

Psalms 18:31

For who is God, save Jehovah? And who is a rock, besides our God,

Psalms 18:32

The God that girdeth me with strength, And maketh my way perfect?

Psalms 18:33

He maketh my feet like hinds’ [feet]: And setteth me upon my high places.

Psalms 18:34

He teacheth my hands to war; So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.

Psalms 18:35

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; And thy right hand hath holden me up, And thy gentleness hath made me great.

Psalms 18:36

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Psalms 18:37

I will pursue mine enemies, and overtake them; Neither will I turn again till they are consumed.

Psalms 18:38

I will smite them through, so that they shall not be able to rise: They shall fall under my feet.

Psalms 18:39

For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

Psalms 18:40

Thou hast also made mine enemies turn their backs unto me, That I might cut off them that hate me.

Psalms 18:41

They cried, but there was none to save; Even unto Jehovah, but he answered them not.

Psalms 18:42

Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind; I did cast them out as the mire of the streets.

Psalms 18:43

Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; Thou hast made me the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psalms 18:44

As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me; The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me.

Psalms 18:45

The foreigners shall fade away, And shall come trembling out of their close places.

Psalms 18:46

Jehovah liveth; And blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation,

Psalms 18:47

Even the God that executeth vengeance for me, And subdueth peoples under me.

Psalms 18:48

He rescueth me from mine enemies; Yea, thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me; Thou deliverest me from the violent man.

Psalms 18:49

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing praises unto thy name.

Psalms 18:50

Great deliverance giveth he to his king, And showeth lovingkindness to his anointed, To David and to his seed, for evermore.

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