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Psalm 30

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the temple. Of David.

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and did not let my foes rejoice over me.(A)
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.(B)
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
    restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.[a](C)

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
    and give thanks to his holy name.(D)
For his anger is but for a moment;
    his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.(E)

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.(F)

To you, O Lord, I cried,
    and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?(G)
10 Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”[b]

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
    you have taken off my sackcloth
    and clothed me with joy,(H)
12 so that my soul[c] may praise you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.(I)


  1. 30.3 Or that I should not go down to the Pit
  2. 30.10 Or The Lord heard and was gracious to me; the Lord became my helper
  3. 30.12 Heb that glory