Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
    his love endures forever.(C)

Let Israel say:(D)
    “His love endures forever.”(E)

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14 The Lord is my strength(A) and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.(B)

15 Shouts of joy(C) and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand(D) has done mighty things!(E)
16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die(F) but live,
    and will proclaim(G) what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened(H) me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.(I)
19 Open for me the gates(J) of the righteous;
    I will enter(K) and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord(L)
    through which the righteous may enter.(M)
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;(N)
    you have become my salvation.(O)

22 The stone(P) the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;(Q)
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous(R) in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.(S)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 118:14 Or song

Five Amorite Kings Killed

16 Now the five kings had fled(A) and hidden in the cave at Makkedah. 17 When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah, 18 he said, “Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave, and post some men there to guard it. 19 But don’t stop; pursue your enemies! Attack them from the rear and don’t let them reach their cities, for the Lord your God has given them into your hand.”

20 So Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely,(B) but a few survivors managed to reach their fortified cities.(C) 21 The whole army then returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah, and no one uttered a word against the Israelites.

22 Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me.” 23 So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. 24 When they had brought these kings(D) to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet(E) on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet(F) on their necks.

25 Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.(G) This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” 26 Then Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening.

27 At sunset(H) Joshua gave the order and they took them down from the poles and threw them into the cave where they had been hiding. At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, which are there to this day.(I)

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Your boasting is not good.(A) Don’t you know that a little yeast(B) leavens the whole batch of dough?(C) Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.(D) Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread(E) of sincerity and truth.

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