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Thanksgiving for Rescue from Death.
1 I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear]
My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.
3 The cords and sorrows of death encompassed me,
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, please save my life!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and [consistently] righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.
6 #In Jewish tradition this became a common saying to explain how some people could do ill-advised things and not suffer for them.The Lord protects the simple (childlike);
I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For You have rescued my life from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from stumbling and falling.
9 I will walk [in submissive wonder] before the Lord
In the land of the living.
10 I believed [and clung to my God] when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”
12 What will I give to the Lord [in return]
For all His benefits toward me?
[How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?]
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
And call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people.
15 #The ancient rabbis interpreted this verse to mean that it is hard for God to declare death upon the righteous.Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them].
16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid;
You have unfastened my chains.
17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people,
19 In the courts of the Lords house (temple)--
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)