118 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his gracious love is eternal.
2 Let Israel now say, “His gracious love is eternal.” 3 Let the house of Aaron now say, “His gracious love is eternal.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His gracious love is eternal.”
5 I called on the Lord in my distress; the Lord answered me openly.[a] 6 The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me? 7 With the Lord beside me as my helper, I will triumph over those who hate me.
8 It is better to take shelter[b] in the Lord than to trust in people. 9 It is better to take shelter[c] in the Lord than to trust in princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me; but in the name of the Lord I will defeat them. 11 They surrounded me, they are around me; but in the name of the Lord I will defeat them. 12 They surrounded me like bees; but they will be extinguished like[d] burning thorns. In the name of the Lord I will defeat them.
13 Indeed, you[e] oppressed me so much that I nearly fell, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and protector,[f] for he has become my deliverer.[g] 15 There’s exultation[h] for deliverance in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord is victorious![i] 16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted! The right hand of the Lord is victorious!”[j]
17 I will not die, but I will live to recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord will discipline me severely, but he won’t hand me over to die.
19 Open for me the righteous gates so I may enter through them to give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the Lord’s gate— The righteous will enter through it.
21 I will praise you because you have answered me and have become my deliverer. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is from the Lord— it is awesome in our sight. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it.
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Let us bless you from the Lord’s house. 27 The Lord is God—he will be our light! Bind the festival sacrifice with ropes to the horn at the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good and his gracious love is eternal.
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