116 I love the Lord, because he ·listens to my prayers for help [L hears/or heard my voice, my prayer of supplication]. 2 He ·paid attention [L extends his ear] to me, so I will ·call to him for help [call; pray] ·as long as I live [L in my days]. 3 The ·ropes [cords] of death ·bound [encompass] me, and the ·fear [hardship; distress] of ·the grave [L Sheol; C the grave or the underworld] ·took hold of [reached; found] me. I ·was troubled and sad [L found distress and sadness]. 4 Then I ·called out [prayed in] the name of the Lord. I said, “Please, Lord, ·save [rescue] me!”
5 The Lord is ·kind [gracious] and ·does what is right [righteous]; our God is ·merciful [compassionate; Ex. 34:6–7]. 6 The Lord ·watches over [keeps; guards] the ·foolish [immature; simpleminded]; when I was ·helpless [brought low], he ·saved me [gave me victory]. 7 I said to myself, “·Relax [L Return, my soul/life to your rest], because the Lord ·takes care of you [treats you well].” 8 Lord, you ·saved [rescued] me from death. ·You stopped my eyes from crying [L …and my eyes from tears]; ·you kept me from being defeated [L …my feet from stumbling]. 9 So I will walk ·with [before; in the presence of] the Lord in the land of the living [C as opposed to the grave]. 10 I ·believed [trusted], so I said, “I am ·completely ruined [afflicted greatly; 2 Cor. 4:13].” 11 In my ·distress [worry] I said, “All people are liars [Rom. 3:4].”
12 What can I ·give [L return to] the Lord for all the ·good things [benefits] he has given to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation, and I will pray ·to [L in the name of] the Lord. 14 I will ·give the Lord what I promised [pay my vow to the Lord] in front of all his people.
15 The death of ·one that belongs to the Lord[his loyal ones/saints] is precious in his ·sight [L eyes]. 16 Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant and the son of your female servant. You have ·freed me from [loosened] my chains. 17 I will give you ·an offering to show thanks to you [a thanksgiving offering], and I will pray ·to [L in the name of] the Lord. 18 I will ·give the Lord what I promised [pay my vow to the Lord] in front of all his people, 19 in the ·Temple courtyards [L courtyards of the house of the Lord] in your midst, Jerusalem.
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