¶ To the chanter of David, servaunt of the LORD, which saide unto the LORD the words of this song, on the day in which the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, and said.I will love thee, (O LORD) my strength. The LORD is my succor, my refuge, my Savior: my God, my helper, in whom I trust: my buckler, the horn of my health, and my protection. I will praise the LORD, and call upon him, so shall I be save from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the brooks of ungodliness made me afraid. The pains of hell came about me, the snares of death took hold upon me. Yet in my trouble I called upon the LORD, and complained unto my God. So he heard my voice out of his holy temple, and my complaint came before him, yea even into his ears. Then the earth trembled and quaked, the very foundations of the hills shook and were removed, because he was wroth. There went a smoke out of his nostrils, and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it. He bowed the heavens, and came down, and it was dark under his feet. He rode upon the Cherub, and did fly: he came flying with the wings of the wind. He made darkness his pavilion round about him, with dark waters and thick clouds to cover him. At the brightness of his presence the clouds removed, with hail stones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered out of the heaven, and the height gave his thunder with hail stones and coals of fire. He sent out his arrows and scattered them, he cast sore lightnings, and destroyed them. The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered at thy chiding (O LORD) at the blasting and breath of thy displeasures. He sent down from the height to fetch me, and took me out of great waters. He delivered me from my strong enemies, and from my foes which were to mighty for me. They prevented me in the time of my trouble, but the LORD was my defense. He brought me forth also into liberty: and delivered me, because he had a favor unto me.
¶ The LORD shall reward me after my righteous dealing, and according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD: and have not behaved myself wickedly against my God. I have an eye unto all his laws, and cast not out his commandments from me. Uncorrupt will I be before him, and will eschew my own wickedness. Therefore shall the LORD reward me after my righteous dealing, and according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. With the holy thou shalt be holy, and with the innocent thou shalt be innocent. With the clean thou shalt be clean, and with the froward thou shalt be froward. For thou shalt save the poor oppressed, and bring down the high looks of the proud. Thou lightest my candle, O LORD my God: thou makest my darkness to be light.
¶ For in thee I can discomfort an host of men: yea in my God I can leap over the wall. The way of God is a perfect way: the words of the LORD are tried in the fire: he is a shield of defense, for all them that trust in him. For who is God, but the LORD? Or, who hath any strength, but our God? It is God that hath girded me with strength, and made my way uncorrupt. He hath made my feet like hart's feet, and set me up on high. He teacheth my hands to fight, and maketh mine arms to break even a bow of steel. Thou hast given me the defense of thy health, thy right hand upholdeth me, and thy loving correction maketh me great. Thou hast made room enough under me for to go, that my foot steps should not slide. I will follow upon mine enemies, and take them: I will not turn till they be discomfited. I will smite them, they shall not be able to stond, but fall under my feet. Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle, thou hast thrown them all down under me, that rose up against me. Thou hast made mine enemies to turn their backs upon me, thou hast destroyed them that hated me. They cried, but there was none to help them: yea even unto the LORD, but he heard them not. I will beat them as small as the dust clay in the wind, I will cast them out as the clay in the streets. Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings of the people, thou shalt make me the head of the Heathen. A people whom I have not known shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me, but the strange children dissemble with me. The strange children are waxen old, and go halting out of their paths. The LORD liveth: and blessed be my helper, praised be the God of my health. Even the God which seeth that I be avenged, and subdueth the people unto me. It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies: thou shalt lift me up from them that rise against me, thou shalt rid me from the wicked man. For this cause I will give thanks unto thee (O LORD) among the gentiles, and sing praises unto thy name. Great prosperity giveth he unto his king, and sheweth loving kindness unto David his anointed, yea and to his seed for evermore.