- 1Of David. 2 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war;
- My safe guard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield, in whom I trust, who subdues peoples under me.
- 3 LORD, what are mortals that you notice them; human beings, that you take thought of them?
- 4 They are but a breath; their days are like a passing shadow.
- 5 LORD, incline your heavens and come; touch the mountains and make them smoke.
- Flash forth lightning and scatter my foes; shoot your arrows and rout them.
- Reach out your hand from on high; deliver me from the many waters; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.
- 6 Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
- O God, a new song I will sing to you; on a ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.
- You give victory to kings; you delivered David your servant. From the menacing sword
- deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes. Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
- May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, Our daughters, like carved columns, shapely as those of the temple.
- May our barns be full with every kind of store. May our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; may our oxen be well fattened.
- May there be no breach in the walls, no exile, no outcry in our streets.
- Happy the people so blessed; happy the people whose God is the LORD.
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Footnotes1 The psalm may reflect a ceremony in which the king, as leader of the army, asked God's help (Psalm 144:1-8). In Psalm 144:9 the poem shifts abruptly from pleading to thanksgiving, and (except for Psalm 144:11) shifts again to prayer for the people. The first section (Psalm 144:1-2) is a prayer of thanks for victory; the second (Psalm 144:3-7a), a humble acknowledgment of human nothingness and a supplication that God show forth saving power; the third (Psalm 144:9-11), a promise of future thanksgiving; the fourth (Psalm 144:12-15), a wish for prosperity and peace. A prayer for deliverance from treacherous foes serves as a refrain after the second and third sections (Psalm 144:7b-8,11). Except for its final section, the psalm is made up almost entirely of verses from other psalms. 2 [1-2] Composed of phrases from Psalm 18:3,35,47-48.
3 Similar to Psalm 8:4.
4 Composed of phrases from Psalm 39:6; 102:12.
5 [5-7] Adapted in large part from Psalm 18:10,15,17; 104:32.
6 [8b,11b] Their right hands are raised in lying oaths: the psalmist's enemies give false testimony.
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