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PSALMS

My God, my rock, in Him I take refuge;
My shield, and my horn of salvation, my high tower.
4Praised, I cry, is the Lord,
And I am saved from mine enemies.
 
5The cords of Death compassed me,
And the floods of [1]Belial assailed me.
6The cords of [1]Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of Death confronted me.
7In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried unto my God;
Out of His temple He heard my voice,
And my cry came before Him unto His ears.
 
8Then the earth did shake and quake,
The foundations also of the mountains did tremble;
They were shaken, because He was wroth.
9Smoke arose up in His nostrils,
And fire out of His mouth did devour;
Coals flamed forth from Him.
10He bowed the heavens also, and came down;
And thick darkness was under His feet.
11And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly;
Yea, He did swoop down upon the wings of the wind.
12He made darkness His hiding-place, His pavilion round about Him;
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
13At the brightness before Him, there passed through His thick clouds
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High gave forth His voice;
Hailstones and coals of fire.
15And He sent out His arrows, and scattered them;
And He shot forth lightnings, and discomfited them.
16And the channels of waters appeared,
And the foundations of the world were laid bare,
At Thy rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.
 
17He sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
18He delivered me from mine enemy
most strong,
And from them that hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
But the Lord was a stay unto me.
20He brought me forth also into a large place;
He delivered me, because He delighted in me.
21The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands hath He recompensed me.
22For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
23For all His ordinances were before me,
And I put not away His statutes from me.
24And I was single-hearted with Him,
And I kept myself from mine iniquity.
25Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.
  1. 1.0 1.1 That is, the nether-world.

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