1 I love the Eternal; for not only does He hear my voice, my pleas for mercy, 2 But He leaned down when I was in trouble and brought His ear close to me. So as long as I have breath, I will call on Him. 3 Once I was wound in the wrappings of death; the terror of dying and the grave had a grip on me; I could not get away, for I was entombed in distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the Eternal: “O Eternal One—I am begging You—save me!”
5 The Eternal is full of grace and naturally just; our God is compassionate and merciful. 6 And the Eternal watches over the naive. Whenever I was knocked down, He reached down and saved me. 7 O my soul! Return and relax. Come to your true rest, for the Eternal has showered you with His favor.
8 God, You alone rescued my soul from the grips of death, my eyes from weeping, and my feet from slipping. 9 I will come before the Eternal as long as I journey in the land of the living. 10 I believed Your promise; therefore I spoke, “I am in deep trouble.” 11 In my confusion I blurted out, “All people are liars!”
12 How will I pay back the Eternal for all His graciousness toward me? 13 I will raise the cup of deliverance and call out the name of the Eternal. 14 I will fulfill the promises I made to Him here as a witness to all His people.
15 Precious in the eyes of the Eternal are the deaths of those who follow after Him. 16 O Eternal One, You know I am Your servant. I am Your servant, a child of Your maidservant, devoted to You; You have cut me loose from the chains of death that bind me. 17 And I come, eager to offer a sacrifice of gratitude and call on the name of the Eternal. 18 I will fulfill the promises I made to Him here as a witness to all His people 19 In the courts of the Eternal’s temple, among the people of God’s city, O Jerusalem. Praise the Eternal!
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