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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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2 Samuel 22:1-51

22  And David proceeded to speak to Jehovah the words of this song+ in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the palm of all his enemies+ and out of Saul’s palm;+  and he went on to say: “Jehovah is my crag+ and my stronghold+ and the Provider of escape for me.+   My God is my rock.+ I shall take refuge in him, My shield+ and my horn+ of salvation, my secure height,+ And my place for flight,+ my Savior;+ from violence you save me.+   On the One to be praised,+ Jehovah, I shall call, And from my enemies I shall be saved.+   For deadly breaking waves encircled me;+ There were flash floods of good-for-nothing [men] that kept terrifying me.+   The ropes of She′ol* themselves surrounded me;+ The snares of death confronted me.+   In my distress I kept calling upon Jehovah,+ And to my God I kept calling.+ Then out of his temple he heard my voice,+ With my cry for help in his ears.+   And back and forth the earth began to shake and to rock;+ The foundations of the heavens themselves became agitated,+ And they kept shaking back and forth because he had been angered.+   Smoke went up at his nostrils, and fire itself from his mouth kept devouring;+ Coals themselves blazed up from him.+ 10  And he proceeded to bend the heavens down and to descend;+ And thick gloom was beneath his feet.+ 11  And he came riding upon a cherub+ and came flying; And he was visible* upon the wings of a spirit.*+ 12  Then he put a darkness around him as booths,+ Dark waters,* thick clouds.+ 13  From the brightness in front of him burning coals of fire blazed up.+ 14  From heaven Jehovah began to thunder,+ And the Most High himself began to give forth his voice.+ 15  And he kept sending out arrows, that he might scatter them;+ Lightning, that he might throw them into confusion.+ 16  And the streambeds of the sea became visible,+ The foundations of the productive land*+ became uncovered, At the rebuke of Jehovah, from the blast of the breath* of his nostrils.+ 17  He was sending from on high, he was taking me,+ He was drawing me out of great waters.+ 18  He was delivering me from my strong enemy,+ From those hating me; because they were stronger than I was.+ 19  They kept confronting me in the day of my disaster,+ But Jehovah became my support.+ 20  And he proceeded to bring me out into a roomy place;+ He was rescuing me, because he had found delight in me.+ 21  Jehovah rewards me according to my righteousness;+ According to the cleanness of my hands he repays me.+ 22  For I have kept the ways of Jehovah,+ And I have not wickedly departed from my God.+ 23  For all his judicial decisions+ are in front of me; And as for his statutes, I shall not turn aside from them.*+ 24  And I shall prove myself faultless+ toward him, And I will keep myself from error on my part.+ 25  And let Jehovah repay me according to my righteousness,+ According to my cleanness in front of his eyes.+ 26  With someone loyal you will act in loyalty;+ With the faultless, mighty one you will deal faultlessly;+ 27  With the one keeping clean you will show yourself clean,+ And with the crooked one you will act as silly.+ 28  And the humble people you will save;+ But your eyes are against the haughty ones, [that] you may bring [them] low.*+ 29  For you are my lamp, O Jehovah,+ And it is Jehovah that makes my darkness shine.+ 30  For by you I can run against a marauder band;+ By my God I can climb a wall.+ 31  As for the [true] God, perfect is his way;+ The saying of Jehovah is a refined one.+ A shield he is to all those taking refuge in him.+ 32  For who is a God* besides Jehovah,+ And who is a rock besides our God?*+ 33  The [true] God is my strong fortress,*+ And he will cause my way to be perfect,+ 34  Making* my feet like those of the hinds;+ And upon places high for me he keeps me standing.+ 35  He is teaching my hands for warfare;+ And my arms have pressed down a bow of copper.+ 36  And you will give me your shield of salvation,+ And it is your humility that makes me great.+ 37  You will make room large enough for my steps under me;+ And my ankles will certainly not wobble.+ 38  I will pursue my enemies, that I may annihilate them, And I shall not return until they are exterminated.+ 39  And I shall exterminate them and break them in pieces,+ that they may not rise up;+ And they will fall under my feet.+ 40  And you will gird me with vital energy for the battle;+ You will make those rising against me collapse under me.+ 41  And as for my enemies, you will certainly give me the back of their neck;+ Those hating me intensely—I shall also silence them.+ 42  They cry for help, but there is no savior;+ To Jehovah, but he actually does not answer them.+ 43  And I shall pound them fine like the dust of the earth; Like the mire of the streets I shall pulverize them;+ I shall beat them flat. 44  And you will provide me escape from the faultfinding of my people.+ You will safeguard me to be the head of nations;+ A people that I have not known—they will serve me.+ 45  Foreigners themselves will come cringing to me;+ Ears will be obedient to hear me.+ 46  Foreigners* themselves will fade away, And they will come quaking out from their bulwarks.+ 47  Jehovah is living;+ and blessed be my Rock;+ And let the God of the rock of my salvation be exalted.+ 48  The [true] God is the Giver of acts of vengeance to me+ And the One bringing the peoples down under me,+ 49  And the One bringing me out from my enemies.+ And above those who rise up against me you will lift me up;+ From the man of violent deeds you will deliver me.+ 50  That is why I shall thank you, O Jehovah, among the nations;+ And to your name I shall make melody:+ 51  The One doing great acts of salvation for his king+ And exercising loving-kindness* to his anointed one,*+ To David and to his seed* for time indefinite.”+


Sheol.” Heb., sheʼohl′; Syr., da·shiul; Vgc(Lat.), in·fer′ni; Gr., tha·na′tou, “death.” See App 4B.
Possibly, “he came darting,” by correcting one Heb. letter, and as in Ps 18:10 and many Heb. mss.
Or, “wings of wind.”
Lit., “darkness of waters.”
“Productive land.” Heb., te·vel′; Gr., oi·kou·me′nes, “inhabited earth,” the same word as in Mt 24:14; Lat., or′bis, “[terrestrial] circle.”
“Breath of.” Heb., ru′ach; Gr., pneu′ma·tos.
Lit., “it,” fem.
Lit., “but your eyes you will lower against the haughty ones.”
“Who is a God,” M(Heb., mi-ʼEl′)Vg; LXX, “who is a Strong One.”
“Our God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh′nu; Gr., The·ou′; Lat., De′um.
In agreement with Ps 18:32, this text might be corrected to read: “The [true] God is girding me with vital energy.”
Or, “setting.”
Lit., “Sons of a foreign (country).”
Or, “loyal love.”
“To his anointed one.” Heb., lim·shi·choh′; Gr., khri·stoi′; Syr., lam·shi·cheh; Lat., chri′sto.
Or, “offspring; posterity.”