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Thanksgiving for Answered Prayer

A psalm; a song for the dedication of the house.[a] Of David.[b]

30 I will exalt you, O Yahweh,
because you have drawn me up,
and have not made my enemies rejoice over me.
O Yahweh, my God,
I cried for help to you,
and you healed me.
O Yahweh, you have brought my life up from Sheol.
You preserved me alive
from among those going down [c] to the pit.
Sing praises to Yahweh, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy fame.[d]
For there is a moment in his anger;
there is a lifetime in his favor.
Weeping lodges for the evening,
but in the morning comes rejoicing.
But as for me, I had said in my prosperity,
“I shall not be moved ever.”
O Yahweh, by your favor
you caused my strong mountain to stand.
You hid your face. I was bewildered.
To you, O Yahweh, I called,
and to the Lord I pleaded for grace saying,
“What gain is there in my death,[e]
in my going down into the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 “O Yahweh, hear and be gracious to me.
O Yahweh, be my helper.”
11 You have turned my wailing into my dancing.
You have removed my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy
12 so that I[f] may sing praises to you
and not be quiet.
O Yahweh, my God,
I will give thanks to you forever.


  1. Psalm 30:1 Or “temple”
  2. Psalm 30:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  3. Psalm 30:3 According to the Kethib; the reading tradition (Qere) reads “so I would not go down”
  4. Psalm 30:4 Literally “to the fame of his holiness”
  5. Psalm 30:9 Literally “blood”
  6. Psalm 30:12 Literally “my glory”