22:1 And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the
day [that] the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his
enemies, and from the hand of Saul:
22:2 And he said, The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my
22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield,
and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my
preserver; thou savest me from violence.
22:4 I will call on the LORD, [who is] worthy to be praised: so
shall I be saved from my enemies.
22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of
ungodly-men made me afraid;
22:6 The sorrows of hell encompassed me; the snares of death
22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God:
and he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry [entered]
into his ears.
22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled: the foundations of
heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
22:9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of
his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness
[was] under his feet.
22:11 And he rode upon a cherub, and flew: and he was seen upon
the wings of the wind.
22:12 And he made darkness pavilions around him, dark waters,
[and] thick clouds of the skies.
22:13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire
22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered
22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and
22:16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of
the world were laid open, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the
blast of the breath of his nostrils.
22:17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many
22:18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from them that hated
me: for they were too strong for me.
22:19 They fell upon me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD
was my support.
22:20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered
me, because he delighted in me.
22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness:
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not
wickedly departed from my God.
22:23 For all his judgments [were] before me: and [as for] his
statutes, I did not depart from them.
22:24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from
22:25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my
righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye-sight.
22:26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, [and]
with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.
22:27 With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the
froward thou wilt contend.
22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thy eyes
[are] upon the haughty, [that] thou mayest bring [them] down.
22:29 For thou [art] my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten
22:30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I
leaped over a wall.
22:31 [As for] God, his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD
[is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him.
22:32 For who [is] God, save the LORD? and who [is] a rock, save
22:33 God [is] my strength [and] power: and he maketh my way
22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet]: and setteth me upon
my high places.
22:35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is
broken by my arms.
22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and
thy gentleness hath made me great.
22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet have
22:38 I have pursued my enemies, and destroyed them; and turned
not again until I had consumed them.
22:39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they
could not arise: yea, they have fallen under my feet.
22:40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that
rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
22:41 Thou hast also given me the necks of my enemies, that I
might destroy them that hate me.
22:42 They looked, but [there was] none to save; [even] to the
LORD, but he answered them not.
22:43 Then I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I
stamped them as the mire of the street, [and] spread them
22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my
people, thou hast kept me [to be] head of the heathen: a people
[which] I knew not shall serve me.
22:45 Strangers shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they
hear, they shall be obedient to me.
22:46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall tremble from
their close places.
22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed [be] my rock; and exalted be
the God of the rock of my salvation.
22:48 It [is] God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the
people under me,
22:49 And that bringeth me forth from my enemies: thou also hast
lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou
hast delivered me from the violent man.
22:50 Therefore I will give thanks to thee, O LORD, among the
heathen, and I will sing praises to thy name.
22:51 [He is] the tower of salvation for his king: and [he]
showeth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for