b“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
4 I call upon the Lord, who is iworthy to be praised,
5 j“For the waves of death encompassed me,
the torrents of destruction assailed me;2
6 kthe cords of Sheol entangled me;
7 l“In my distress I called upon the Lord;
and my cry mcame to his ears.
8 “Then nthe earth reeled and rocked;
othe foundations of the heavens trembled
9 Smoke went up from his nostrils,3
pglowing coals flamed forth from him.
sthick darkness was under his feet.
he was seen on tthe wings of the wind.
vcoals of fire flamed forth.
14 wThe Lord thundered from heaven,
15 And he sent out xarrows and scattered them;
at the yblast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 z“He sent from on high, he took me;
20 aHe brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because bhe delighted in me.
21 “The Lord cdealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the dcleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
22 eFor I have kept the ways of the Lord
23 fFor all his rules were before me,
24 I was gblameless before him,
25 dAnd the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
26 h“With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the gblameless man you show yourself blameless;
28 iYou save a humble people,
jbut your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
29 kFor you are my lamp, O Lord,
31 This God—lhis way is perfect;
the mword of the Lord proves true;
he is na shield for all those who take refuge in him.
oAnd who is a rock, except our God?
33 This God is my pstrong refuge
34 qHe made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure ron the heights.
35 sHe trains my hands for war,
37 tYou gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet6 did not slip;
they fell uunder my feet.
you made vthose who rise against me sink under me.
they cried to the Lord, but xhe did not answer them.
43 I beat them fine yas the dust of the earth;
I crushed them and stamped them down zlike the mire of the streets.
44 “You delivered me from strife with my people;8
you kept me as the head of athe nations;
bpeople whom I had not known served me.
and fbrought down peoples under me,
you exalted me above vthose who rose against me;
you delivered me from gmen of violence.
50 h“For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
and shows steadfast love to jhis anointed,
to David and his offspring kforever.”
the oracle of lthe man who was raised on high,
jthe anointed of the God of Jacob,
the sweet psalmist of Israel:11
2 m“The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;
nthe Rock of Israel has said to me:
ruling oin the fear of God,
4 he pdawns on them like the morning light,
like rain12 that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
qFor he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
6 But worthless men13 are all like thorns that are thrown away,
and they are utterly consumed with fire.”14
9 And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of tDodo, son of uAhohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. 10 He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.
11 And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the vHararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.
13 And three of the thirty chief men went down and came about harvest time to David at the wcave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped xin the Valley of Rephaim. 14 David was then yin the stronghold, and zthe garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 15 And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!” 16 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and carried and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it. He poured it out to the Lord 17 and said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink athe blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.
18 Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty.17 And he wielded his spear against three hundred men18 and killed them and won a name beside the three. 19 He was the most renowned of the thirty19 and became their commander, but he did not attain to bthe three.
20 And cBenaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man20 of dKabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels21 of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 21 And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 23 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.
24 eAsahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25 fShammah of Harod, Elika of Harod, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh gof Tekoa, 27 Abiezer hof Anathoth, Mebunnai ithe Hushathite, 28 Zalmon jthe Ahohite, Maharai kof Netophah, 29 Heleb the son of Baanah kof Netophah, Ittai the son of Ribai of lGibeah of the people of Benjamin, 30 Benaiah mof Pirathon, Hiddai of the brooks of nGaash, 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth of oBahurim, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33 pShammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai qof Maacah, rEliam the son of sAhithophel of Gilo, 35 Hezro22 tof Carmel, Paarai the Arbite, 36 Igal the son of Nathan uof Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai vof Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38 wIra the xIthrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 39 yUriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
57 lBe merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul mtakes refuge;
in nthe shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
otill the storms of destruction pass by.
to God who pfulfills his purpose for me.
3 qHe will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame rhim who tramples on me. Selah
4 My soul is in the midst of ulions;
the children of man, whose vteeth are spears and arrows,
whose wtongues are sharp swords.
5 xBe exalted, O God, above the heavens!
6 They set ya net for my steps;
my soul was zbowed down.
They adug a pit in my way,
Awake, fO harp and lyre!
10 For your gsteadfast love is great to the heavens,
11 xBe exalted, O God, above the heavens!