118 ·Thank [Praise] the Lord because he is good. His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever. 2 Let Israel say, “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.” 3 Let the ·family [L house] of Aaron [C the priests] say, “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.” 4 Let those who ·respect [fear] the Lord[Prov. 1:7] say, “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”
5 I was in ·trouble [distress], so I ·called [prayed] to the Lord. The Lord answered me and set me ·free [L in a broad place]. 6 I will not ·be afraid [fear], because the Lord is with me [Rom. 8:31]. ·People can’t do anything [L What can people do…?] to me [Heb. 13:6]. 7 The Lord is with me to help me, so I will ·see my enemies defeated [L look on my enemy; C in triumph]. 8 It is better to ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord than to ·trust [have confidence in] people. 9 It is better to ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord than to ·trust [have confidence in] princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me, but I ·defeated them [warded them off] in the name of the Lord. 11 They surrounded me; they surrounded me on every side, but ·with the Lord’s power [L in the name of the Lord] I ·defeated them [warded them off]. 12 They surrounded me like a swarm of bees, but they ·died [L were extinguished] as quickly as thorns burn. ·By the Lord’s power [L In the name of the Lord], I ·defeated them [warded them off]. 13 They [or You] ·chased me [pushed me hard] until I ·was almost defeated [almost fell], but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord ·gives me strength and a song [L is my strength and song/or might]. He has ·saved me [given me victory].
15 Shouts of joy and victory come from the tents of ·those who do right [the righteous]: “The right hand of the Lord has done powerful things.” 16 The ·power [L right hand] of the Lord ·has won the victory [is exalted]; with his ·power [L right hand] the Lord has done powerful things.
17 I will not die, but live, and I will ·tell [recount] what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has ·taught me a hard lesson [L surely disciplined/instructed me], but he did not ·let me die [L give me over to death].
19 Open for me the ·Temple gates [L gates of righteousness]. Then I will come in and ·thank [praise] the Lord. 20 This is the Lord’s gate; only ·those who are good [the righteous] may enter through it [15; 24:3–6]. 21 Lord, I ·thank [praise] you for answering me. You have ·saved me [given me victory].
22 The stone that the builders rejected became the chief cornerstone [Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:7]. 23 ·The Lord did this [L This is from the Lord], and it is wonderful ·to us [L in our eyes; Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10–11]. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad ·today [L in it]!
25 Please, Lord, ·save us [give us victory]; please, Lord, give us ·success [prosperity]. 26 ·God bless [Blessed be] the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless all of you from the ·Temple [L house] of the Lord[Mark 11:9; Luke 13:35; 19:38]. 27 The Lord is God, and he has ·shown kindness to [illuminated; given light to] us. ·With branches in your hands, join the feast [L Bind the feast/procession with branches]. Come to the ·corners [L horns; Ex. 27:2] of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will ·thank [praise] you; you are my God, and I will ·praise your greatness [L exalt you].
29 ·Thank [Praise] the Lord because he is good. His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.
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