Psalms 116
Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance
1I love him, because Yahweh has heard
the voice of my supplications.#Literally “my voice, my supplications”
2Because he has inclined his ear to me,
I will call all my days.#Literally “in my days”
3The ropes of death encircled me,
and the distresses of Sheol found me.
I found trouble and grief.
4Then I called on the name of Yahweh:
“O Yahweh, please save my life!”
5Gracious is Yahweh and righteous,
and our God is merciful.
6Yahweh watches over the simple.
I was brought low, but he gave me victory.
7Return, O my soul, to your repose,
for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you.
8For you have rescued me#Hebrew “my soul.” If “soul” is accepted, then “death” means “the place of death,” that is, the netherworld. from death,
my eyes#Hebrew “eye” from tears, my feet from stumbling.
9I will walk before Yahweh
in the land#Hebrew “lands” of the living.
10I believed when I spoke,
“I am afflicted greatly.”
11I said in my haste,
“Everyone#Literally “All of the humankind” is a liar.”
12What shall I give back to Yahweh
for all his benefits to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation
and proclaim the name of Yahweh.
14I will pay my vows made to Yahweh
in the presence of all his people.
15Costly in Yahweh’s view#Literally “in the eyes of Yahweh” is
the death of his faithful ones.
16Ah, Yahweh, I am indeed your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
17I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and proclaim the name of Yahweh.
18I will pay my vows made to Yahweh
in the presence of all his people,
19in the courts of the house#Or “temple” of Yahweh,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise Yah!#Hebrew hallelujah
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