Psalm 144
A King’s Prayer
Of David.
1Blessed be the Lord, my rock144:1 1Sm 2:2; Ps 18:2; 19:14; 92:15; 95:1; Is 26:4
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.144:1 Ps 18:34
2He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield,144:2 Dt 33:29; Ps 3:3; 28:7; 115:9–11; Pr 2:7 and I take refuge in him;144:2 2Sm 22:3; Ps 18:2; 71:1–3; 91:4; 144:2; Pr 30:5
he subdues my people144:2 Some Hb mss, DSS, Aq, Syr, Tg, Jer read subdues peoples; 2Sm 22:48; Ps 18:47 under me.144:2 Ps 18:39,47

3 Lord, what is a human that you care for him,
a son of man144:3 Or a mere mortal that you think of him?144:3 Jb 7:17; Ps 8:4; Heb 2:6
4A human is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.144:4 Ps 102:11; 109:23

5 Lord, part your heavens and come down.144:5 2Sm 22:10; Ps 18:9–10
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.144:5 Ps 104:32
6Flash your lightning and scatter the foe;144:6 Lit scatter them
shoot your arrows and rout them.144:6 Ps 18:14; Hab 3:11; Zch 9:14
7Reach down144:7 Lit down your hands from on high;144:7 Ps 18:16
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners144:7 Ps 69:14
8whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.144:8 Ps 12:2; 41:6; 106:26

9God, I will sing a new song to you;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for you144:9 Ps 33:2–3; 40:3 —
10the one who gives victory to kings,
who frees his servant David
from the deadly sword.144:10 Ps 18:50
11Set me free and rescue me
from foreigners144:11 Ps 69:14
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.144:11 Ps 12:2; 41:6; 106:26

12Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style.144:12 Ps 92:12–14; 128:3
13Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce;144:13 Ps 107:37–38
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields.144:13 Pr 3:9–10
14Our cattle will be well fed.144:14 Or will bear heavy loads, or will be pregnant
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,144:14 Or be no plague, no miscarriage
and no cry of lament in our public squares.144:14 Is 24:11; Jr 14:2
15Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.144:15 Ps 33:12