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

A Song of Praise

26 In that day(A) this song will be sung(B) in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;(C)
    God makes salvation
    its walls(D) and ramparts.(E)
Open the gates(F)
    that the righteous(G) nation may enter,
    the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace(H)
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust(I) in you.
Trust(J) in the Lord forever,(K)
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock(L) eternal.

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Be Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,(A) set your hope(B) on the grace to be brought to you(C) when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.(D) 14 As obedient(E) children, do not conform(F) to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.(G) 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;(H) 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a](I)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2