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Praise to God for His Loyal Love
1Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good,
for his loyal love is forever.
2Let Israel say,
“His loyal love is forever.”
3Let the house of Aaron say,
“His loyal love is forever.”
4Let those who fear Yahweh say,
“His loyal love is forever.”
5Out of my distress I called to Yah.#A shortened form of “Yahweh”
Yah answered me, setting me in a broad place.
6Yahweh is for me; I do not fear.
What can mere humans#Or “humankind” do to me?
7Yahweh is for me as my helper,
and so I will look in triumph on those who hate me.
8It is better to take refuge in Yahweh
than to trust in humans.#Or “humankind”
9It is better to take refuge in Yahweh
than to trust princes.
10All nations surrounded me.
In the name of Yahweh I opposed them indeed.
11They surrounded me; yes, they surrounded me.
In the name of Yahweh I opposed them indeed.
12They surrounded me like bees;
they were extinguished like a fire of thorns.
In the name of Yahweh I opposed them indeed.
13You pushed me hard#Hebrew intensive “pushing, you pushed me” to make me fall,
but Yahweh helped me.
14Yah#A shortened form of “Yahweh” is my strength and my song,#Or “my might”
and he has become my salvation.#Or “victory”
15The sound of rejoicing and salvation#Or “victory”
is in the tents of the righteous;
the right hand of Yahweh has done valiantly.
16The right hand of Yahweh has exalted;
the right hand of Yahweh has done valiantly.
17I will not die but live,
and tell of the works of Yah.#A shortened form of “Yahweh”
18Yah has disciplined me severely,
but he did not consign#Hebrew “give” me to death.
19Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to Yah.#A shortened form of “Yahweh”
20This is the gate of Yahweh,
through which the righteous will enter.
21I will give thanks to you for you have answered me,
and you have become my salvation.#Or “victory”
22The stone the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
23This is from Yahweh;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
24This is the day Yahweh has worked;#Or “made”
let us rejoice and be glad in him.#Or “in it”
25O Yahweh, please save;
O Yahweh, please grant success.
26Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh.
We bless you#Hebrew plural from the house#Or “temple” of Yahweh.
27Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.#Or “made his light to shine upon to us”
Bind the festal sacrifice#Or “festal procession” with cords#Or “branches”
to the horns#Or “and lead up to the horns” of the altar.
28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.
You are my God; I will exalt you.
29Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good,
for his loyal love is forever.
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