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2 Samuel Chapter 22 | Parsha: Ha'azinu

1David addressed the words of this song to the Lord, after the Lord had saved him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hands of Saul. 2He said:
O Lord, my crag, my fastness, my deliverer!

3O God, the rock wherein I take shelter:
My shield, my mighty champion, my fortress and refuge!
My savior, You who rescue me from violence!

4All praise! I called on the Lord,
And I was delivered from my enemies.

5For the breakers of Death encompassed me,
The torrents of Belial terrified me;

6The snares of Sheol encircled me,
The toils of Death engulfed me.

7In my anguish I called on the Lord,
Cried out to my God;
In His Abode He heard my voice,
My cry entered His ears.

8Then the earth rocked and quaked,
The foundations of heaven shook—
Rocked by His indignation.

9Smoke went up from His nostrils,
From His mouth came devouring fire;
Live coals blazed forth from Him.

10He bent the sky and came down,
Thick cloud beneath His feet.

11He mounted a cherub and flew;
He was seen on the wings of the wind.

12He made pavilions of darkness about Him,
Dripping clouds, huge thunderheads;

13In the brilliance before Him
Blazed fiery coals.

14The Lord thundered forth from heaven,
The Most High sent forth His voice;

15He let loose bolts, and scattered them;
Lightning, and put them to rout.

16The bed of the sea was exposed,
The foundations of the world were laid bare
By the mighty roaring of the Lord,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

17He reached down from on high, He took me,
Drew me out of the mighty waters;

18He rescued me from my enemy so strong,
From foes too mighty for me.

19They attacked me on my day of calamity,
But the Lord was my stay.

20He brought me out to freedom,
He rescued me because He was pleased with me.

21The Lord rewarded me according to my merit,
He requited the cleanness of my hands.

22For I have kept the ways of the Lord
And have not been guilty before my God;

23I am mindful of all His rules
And have not departed from His laws.

24I have been blameless before Him,
And have guarded myself against sinning—

25And the Lord has requited my merit,
According to my purity in His sight.

26With the loyal You deal loyally;
With the blameless hero, blamelessly.

27With the pure You act in purity,
And with the perverse You are wily.

28To humble folk You give victory,
And You look with scorn on the haughty.

29You, O Lord, are my lamp;
The Lord lights up my darkness.

30With You, I can rush a barrier,
With my God, I can scale a wall.

31The way of God is perfect,
The word of the Lord is pure.
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

32Yea, who is a god except the Lord,
Who is a rock except God—

33The God, my mighty stronghold,
Who kept my path secure;

34Who made my legs like a deer’s,
And set me firm on the heights;

35Who trained my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze!

36You have granted me the shield of Your protection
And Your providence has made me great.

37You have let me stride on freely,
And my feet have not slipped.

38I pursued my enemies and wiped them out,
I did not turn back till I destroyed them.

39I destroyed them, I struck them down;
They rose no more, they lay at my feet.

40You have girt me with strength for battle,
Brought low my foes before me,

41Made my enemies turn tail before me,
My foes—and I wiped them out.

42They looked, but there was none to deliver;
To the Lord, but He answered them not.

43I pounded them like dust of the earth,
Stamped, crushed them like dirt of the streets.

44You have rescued me from the strife of peoples,
Kept me to be a ruler of nations;
Peoples I knew not must serve me.

45Aliens have cringed before me,
Paid me homage at the mere report of me.

46Aliens have lost courage
And come trembling out of their fastnesses.

47The Lord lives! Blessed is my rock!
Exalted be God, the rock
Who gives me victory;

48The God who has vindicated me
And made peoples subject to me,

49Rescued me from my enemies,
Raised me clear of my foes,
Saved me from lawless men!

50For this I sing Your praise among the nations
And hymn Your name:

51Tower of victory to His king,
Who deals graciously with His anointed,
With David and his offspring evermore.

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