1I love the Lord because he hears
my requests for mercy.
2I’ll call out to him as long as I live,
because he listens closely to me.
3Death’s ropes bound me;
the distress of the grave#Heb Sheol found me—
I came face-to-face with trouble and grief.
4So I called on the Lord’s name:
"Lord, please save me!"#Or my soul; also in 116:7-8
5The Lord is merciful and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
6The Lord protects simple folk;
he saves me whenever I am brought down.
7I tell myself, You can be at peace again,
because the Lord has been good to you.
8You, God, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
and my foot from stumbling,
9so I’ll walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
10I have remained faithful, even when I said,
"I am suffering so badly!"
11even when I said, out of fear,
"Everyone is a liar!"
12What can I give back to the Lord
for all the good things he has done for me?
13I’ll lift up the cup of salvation.
I’ll call on the Lord’s name.
14I’ll keep the promises I made to the Lord
in the presence of all God’s people.
15The death of the Lord’s faithful
is a costly loss in his eyes.
16Oh yes, Lord, I am definitely your servant!
I am your servant and the son of your female servant—
you’ve freed me from my chains.
17So I’ll offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to you,
and I’ll call on the Lord’s name.
18I’ll keep the promises I made to the Lord
in the presence of all God’s people,
19in the courtyards of the Lord’s house,
which is in the center of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!