1I love that Adonai heard
my voice when I prayed;
2because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
3The cords of death were all around me,
Sh’ol’s constrictions held me fast;
I was finding only distress and anguish.
4But I called on the name of Adonai:
“Please, Adonai! Save me!”
5Adonai is merciful and righteous;
yes, our God is compassionate.
6Adonai preserves the thoughtless;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7My soul, return to your rest!
For Adonai has been generous toward you.
8Yes, you have rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
9I will go on walking in the presence of Adonai
in the lands of the living.
10I will keep on trusting even when I say,
“I am utterly miserable,”
11even when, in my panic, I declare,
“Everything human is deceptive.”
12How can I repay Adonai
for all his generous dealings with me?
13I will raise the cup of salvation
and call on the name of Adonai.
14I will pay my vows to Adonai
in the presence of all his people.
15From Adonai’s point of view,
the death of those faithful to him is costly.
16Oh, Adonai! I am your slave;
I am your slave, the son of your slave-girl;
you have removed my fetters.
17I will offer a sacrifice of thanks to you
and will call on the name of Adonai.
18I will pay my vows to Adonai
in the presence of all his people,
19in the courtyards of Adonai’s house,
there in your very heart, Yerushalayim.