Psalm 144

My Rock and My Fortress

1 Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
a Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle -
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My high tower and my deliverer,
My shield and the One in whom I take refuge,
Who subdues 1 my people under me.

3 b LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 c Man is like a breath;
d His days are like a passing shadow.

5 e Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down;
f Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 g Flash forth lightning and scatter them;
Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
7 Stretch out Your hand from above;
Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,
From the hand of foreigners,
8 Whose mouth h speaks 2 lying words,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9 I will i sing a new song to You, O God;
On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 The One who gives 3 salvation to kings,
j Who delivers David His servant
From the deadly sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
Whose mouth speaks lying words,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood -

12 That our sons may be k as plants grown up in their youth;
That our daughters may be as 4 pillars,
Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full,
Supplying all kinds of produce;
That our sheep may bring forth thousands
And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well laden;
That there be no 5 breaking in or going out;
That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 l Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 54:5
    He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth.
  2. Cross References
    2 Samuel 22:35
    He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
    Psalms 18:34
    He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
  3. Cross References
    Job 7:17
    What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him.
    Psalms 8:4
    What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
    Hebrews 2:6
    But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 39:11
    When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth; Surely every man is vapor. Selah
  5. Cross References
    Job 8:9
    For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.
    Job 14:2
    He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
    Psalms 102:11
    My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 18:9
    He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.
    Isaiah 64:1
    Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence -
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 104:32
    He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 18:13
    The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
    Psalms 18:14
    He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 12:2
    They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 33:2
    Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
    Psalms 33:3
    Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
    Psalms 40:3
    He has put a new song in my mouth - Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 18:50
    Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 128:3
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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