Psalm 116

I love the Lord,(A) for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry(B) for mercy.(C)
Because he turned his ear(D) to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death(E) entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name(F) of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!(G)

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12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness(A) to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name(B) of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows(C) to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight(D) of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.(E)
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;(F)
    I serve you just as my mother did;(G)
    you have freed me from my chains.(H)

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering(I) to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows(J) to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts(K) of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.(L)

Praise the Lord.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 116:19 Hebrew Hallelu Yah

Praise to the Lord

25 Lord, you are my God;(A)
    I will exalt you and praise your name,(B)
for in perfect faithfulness(C)
    you have done wonderful things,(D)
    things planned(E) long ago.
You have made the city a heap of rubble,(F)
    the fortified(G) town a ruin,(H)
the foreigners’ stronghold(I) a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.(J)
Therefore strong peoples will honor you;(K)
    cities of ruthless(L) nations will revere you.
You have been a refuge(M) for the poor,(N)
    a refuge for the needy(O) in their distress,
a shelter from the storm(P)
    and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless(Q)
    is like a storm driving against a wall
    and like the heat of the desert.
You silence(R) the uproar of foreigners;(S)
    as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
    so the song of the ruthless(T) is stilled.

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Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him(A) and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.(B)

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke(C) of the grace that was to come to you,(D) searched intently and with the greatest care,(E) 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ(F) in them was pointing when he predicted(G) the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,(H) when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you(I) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.(J) Even angels long to look into these things.

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