116 I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear] My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs). 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. 3 The cords and sorrows of death encompassed me, And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, please save my life!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and [consistently] righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. 6 [a]The Lord protects the simple (childlike); I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved me. 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For You have rescued my life from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from stumbling and falling. 9 I will walk [in submissive wonder] before the Lord In the land of the living. 10 I believed [and clung to my God] when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” 11 I said in my alarm, “All men are liars.”
12 What will I give to the Lord [in return] For all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?] 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation And call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord, Yes, in the presence of all His people. 15 [b]Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them]. 16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid; You have unfastened my chains. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord, Yes, in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house (temple)— In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Psalm 116:6In Jewish tradition this became a common saying to explain how some people could do ill-advised things and not suffer for them.
Psalm 116:15The ancient rabbis interpreted this verse to mean that it is hard for God to declare death upon the righteous.