2 Samuel
Chapter 22

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1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.

16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.

25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.

26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.

28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.

29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.

30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.

38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.

39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.

41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.

42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.

46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.

47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,

49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

Commentary for 2 Samuel 22

David's psalm of thanksgiving.

- This chapter is a psalm of praise; we find it afterwards nearly as #Ps 18|. They that trust God in the way of duty, shall find him a present help in their greatest dangers: David did so. Remarkable preservations should be particularly mentioned in our praises. We shall never be delivered from all enemies till we get to heaven. God will preserve all his people, #2Ti 4:18|. Those who receive signal mercies from God, ought to give him the glory. In the day that God delivered David, he sang this song. While the mercy is fresh, and we are most affected with it, let the thank-offering be brought, to be kindled with the fire of that affection. All his joys and hopes close, as all our hopes should do, in the great Redeemer.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Samuel 22

  • Steve morrow
    2SAMUEL22:21THE LORD REWARDED ME ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESS ACCORDING TO THE CLEANNESS OF MY HANDS HATH HE RECOMPENSED ME PSALM23:3HE restoreth my soulHE leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for HIS names sake EPH5:9for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth PROVERBS8:8all the words of MY mouth are in righteousness there is nothing froward or perverse in them
  • Ivy Johnson
    Born-Again-Christians: who are: living: obeying: serving: yielding: etc: to GOD: should have the power to keep Satan under their feet: God has given us that power: we should not sing the chorus only: it should be a reality in our lives: I am preaching to the choir: we are so caught up with everyday problems: we hardly have time: much more to spend QUALITY time with GOD: we are always rushing:
  • Ivy Johnson
    I am thanking, praising God today for sparing my life 15 years ago today. I feel like a modern day King Hezekiah.Only to realize that one of my Scripture reading is 2nd. Samuel 22:20. This is not coincidence. It is God’s Goodness of reminding me of King David’s struggles, and victories. What an example, King David is. For God to call Him a man after His Own Heart. Thank God for this Scripture.
  • Michael Nkosi
    He perfects us through trials
  • Godfrey Obioma
    David recognised his inability and weakness that without God he could not have been able to defeat his strong enemies.Our enemy the strongman is stronger than us but Jesus Christ the man of war,is stronger than the man.Hallelujah.
  • Satish storytellor
    lord i lift your name on high amen
  • BSP
    Verse 3~ Jehovah God is like a rock in his steady and unchanging standards. We can always depend on God and trust in him no matter what changes in our lives.
  • Adele L Hayes
    Yes, He does make our paths straight perfect, we're the one who mess things up
  • Baiyeshea Augustus Abiodun
    The verse is reminding me that God Alimighty is the all in all without him we are nothing. And in him we have our hopes, strength and powers reassured. Thank God my way has been made straight and perfect in our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
  • BSP
    In this world we face daunting trials and circumstances, but we can find our strength in Jehovah God. He will help us to have the power we need to cope and he will guide us in the best course to take in life.


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Bible Trivia

Who sang 'The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer'?
  • Jesse
  • Saul
  • David
  • Solomon