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Psalm 116

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness

I love the Lord because he has heard
    my voice and my supplications.(A)
Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.(B)
The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.(C)
Then I called on the name of the Lord,
    “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
    our God is merciful.(D)
The Lord protects the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.(E)

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling.(F)
I walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.
10 [a]I kept my faith, even when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my consternation,
    “Everyone is a liar.”(G)

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his bounty to me?
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
    in the presence of all his people.(H)
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful ones.(I)
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
    You have loosed my bonds.(J)
17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
    and call on the name of the Lord.(K)
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!(L)


  1. 116.10 Some early witnesses begin a new psalm here