2 Samuel 22 from the King James Bible, read by Alexander Scourby | Earnestly Contending for the Faith (NB: this site is not an affiliate of TLCS) [FULL AUDIO]
Section I (vv. 1-4) [AUDIO]
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: and he said,
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
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.
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Section II (vv. 5-9) [AUDIO]
WHEN THE WAVES of death compassed me,
the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
the sorrows of hell compassed me about;
the snares of death prevented me;
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.
Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
Section III (vv. 10-16) [AUDIO]
HE BOWED THE HEAVENS also, and came down;
and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
And he made darkness pavilions round about him,
dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
The Lord thundered from heaven,
and the most High uttered his voice.
And he sent out arrows, and scattered them;
lightning, and discomfited them.
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.
Section IV (vv. 17-25) [AUDIO]
HE SENT FROM ABOVE, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters;
he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the Lord was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place:
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness:
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his judgments were before me:
and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
I was also upright before him,
and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness;
according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
Section V (vv. 26-30) [AUDIO]
WITH THE MERCIFUL thou wilt shew thyself merciful,
and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
And the afflicted people thou wilt save:
but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
For thou art my lamp, O Lord:
and the Lord will lighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop:
by my God have I leaped over a wall.
Section VI (vv. 31-35) [AUDIO]
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.
For who is God, save the Lord?
and who is a rock, save our God?
God is my strength and power:
and he maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet:
and setteth me upon my high places.
He teacheth my hands to war;
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Section VII (vv. 36-39) [AUDIO]
THOU HAST ALSO GIVEN me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me;
so that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them;
and turned not again until I had consumed them.
And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise:
yea, they are fallen under my feet.
Section VIII (vv. 40-43) [AUDIO]
FOR THOU HAST GIRDED me with strength to battle:
them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies,
that I might destroy them that hate me.
They looked, but there was none to save;
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
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.
Section IX (vv. 44-46) [AUDIO]
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.
Strangers shall submit themselves unto me:
as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
Strangers shall fade away,
and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
Section X (vv. 47-51) [AUDIO]
THE LORD LIVETH; and blessed be my rock;
and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
It is God that avengeth me,
and that bringeth down the people under me,
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.
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto thy name.
He is the tower of salvation for his king:
and sheweth mercy to his anointed,
unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Extra Credit: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 [AUDIO]
Now these be the last words of David.
David the son of Jesse said,
and the man who was raised up on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
The Spirit of the Lord spake by me,
and his word was in my tongue.
The God of Israel said,
the Rock of Israel spake to me,
He that ruleth over men must be just,
ruling in the fear of God.
And he shall be as the light of the morning,
when the sun riseth,
even a morning without clouds;
as the tender grass springing out of the earth
by clear shining after rain.
Although my house be not so with God;
yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things, and sure:
for this is all my salvation, and all my desire,
although he make it not to grow.
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,
because they cannot be taken with hands:
but the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron
and the staff of a spear;
and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.