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Psalm 118 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Thanksgiving for Victory

118 ·Thank [Praise] the Lord because he is good.
    His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.
Let Israel say,
    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”
Let the ·family [L house] of Aaron [C the priests] say,
    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”
Let those who ·respect [fear] the Lord [Prov. 1:7] say,
    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”

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].
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].
The Lord is with me to help me,
    so I will ·see my enemies defeated [L look on my enemy; C in triumph].
It is better to ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord
    than to ·trust [have confidence in] people.
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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