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1Praise the Lord because he is good!
His faithful love will last forever!
2Israel, say it:
“His faithful love will last forever!”
3Aaron’s family,#118:3 Aaron’s family That is, the priests. say it:
“His faithful love will last forever!”
4You people worshiping the Lord, say it:
“His faithful love will last forever!”
5I was in trouble, so I called to the Lord for help.
The Lord answered and made me free.
6The Lord is with me, so I will not be afraid.
No one on earth can do anything to harm me.
7The Lord is my helper.
I will see my enemies defeated.
8It is better to trust in the Lord
than to trust in people.
9It is better to trust in the Lord
than to trust in great leaders.
10Many enemies surrounded me,
but with the Lord’S power I defeated them.
11They surrounded me again and again,
but I defeated them with the Lord’S power.
12They surrounded me like a swarm of bees,
but they were quickly destroyed like a fast-burning bush.
I defeated them with the Lord’S power.
13My enemy attacked me and almost destroyed me,
but the Lord helped me.
14The Lord is my strength and my reason for singing.#118:14 my reason for singing Or “my protection.”
He saved me!
15You can hear the victory celebration in the homes of those who live right.
The Lord has shown his great power again!
16The Lord’S arm is raised in victory.
The Lord has shown his great power again.
17I will live and not die,
and I will tell what the Lord has done.
18The Lord punished me,
but he did not let me die.
19Gates of goodness, open for me,
and I will come in and worship the Lord.
20Those are the Lord’S gates,
and only good people can go through them.
21Lord, I thank you for answering my prayer.
I thank you for saving me.
22The stone that the builders rejected
became the cornerstone.
23The Lord made this happen,
and we think it is wonderful!
24This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be happy today!
25 The people say, “Praise the Lord!
The Lord saved us!#118:25 Literally, “Lord, please save us. Lord, please make us successful.” This was a shout of victory to honor a king returning after winning a war.
26Welcome to the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
The priests answer, “We welcome you to the Lord’S house!
27The Lord is God, and he accepts us.
Tie up the lamb for the sacrifice and carry it to the horns of the altar.”
28Lord, you are my God, and I thank you.
My God, I praise you!
29Praise the Lord because he is good.
His faithful love will last forever.
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