16:1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
16:2O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
16:3But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
16:4Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
16:5The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
16:6The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
16:7I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
16:8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
16:9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
16:10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
16:11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
17:1Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
17:2Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
17:3Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
17:4Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
17:5Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
17:6I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
17:7Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
17:8Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
17:9From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
17:10They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
17:11They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
17:12Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
17:13Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
17:14From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
17:15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
18:1I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
18:2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
18:3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
18:4The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
18:5The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
18:6In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
18:7Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
18:8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
18:9He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
18:10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
18:11He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
18:12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
18:13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
18:14Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
18:15Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
18:16He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
18:17He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18:18They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
18:19He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
18:20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
18:21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
18:22For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
18:23I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
18:24Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
18:25With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
18:26With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
18:27For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
18:28For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
18:29For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
18:30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
18:31For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
18:32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
18:33He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
18:34He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
18:35Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
18:36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
18:37I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
18:38I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
18:39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
18:40Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
18:41They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
18:42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
18:43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
18:44As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
18:45The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
18:46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
18:47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
18:48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
18:49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
18:50Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.