1 Give thanks to the Eternal because He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind.
2 Let the people of Israel proclaim: “He never ceases to be loving and kind.” 3 Let the priests of Aaron’s line proclaim: “He never ceases to be loving and kind.” 4 Let the people who fear the Eternal proclaim: “He never ceases to be loving and kind.”
5 When trouble surrounded me, I cried out to the Eternal; He answered me and brought me to a wide, open space. 6 The Eternal is with me, so I will not be afraid of anything. If God is on my side, how can anyone hurt me? 7 The Eternal is on my side, a champion for my cause; so when I look at those who hate me, victory will be in sight. 8 It is better to put your faith in the Eternal for your security than to trust in people. 9 It is better to put your faith in Him for your security than to trust in princes.
10 All these nations surround me, squeezing me from all sides; with the name of the Eternal, I will destroy them. 11 They rose up against me, squeezed me from all sides, yes, from all sides; with the name of the Eternal, I will destroy them. 12 They surrounded me like a swarm of bees; they were destroyed quickly and thoroughly— Flaring up like a pile of thorns— with the name of the Eternal, I will destroy them. 13 I was pushed back, attacked so that I was about to fall, but the Eternal was there to help me keep my balance. 14 He is my strength, and He is the reason I sing; He has been there to save me in every situation.
15 In the tents of the righteous soldiers of God, there are shouts of joy and victory. They sing: “The right hand of the Eternal has shown His power. 16 The mighty arm of the Eternal is raised in victory; the right hand of His has shown His power.” 17 I will not die. I will live. I will live to tell about all the Eternal has done. 18 The Eternal has taught me many lessons; He has been strict and severe, but even in His discipline, He has not allowed me to die.
Early Christians found in the words of this psalm a wonderful way of describing the significance of Jesus. He was the rejected stone whom God made the cornerstone of a brand-new temple (verses 22–24).
19 Open wide to me the gates of justice so that I may walk through them and offer praise and worship to the Eternal.
20 This is the gate of the Eternal; the righteous children of God will go through it.
21 I will praise You because You answered me when I was in trouble. You have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation. 23 This is the work of the Eternal, and it is marvelous in our eyes.[a] 24 This is the day the Eternal God has made; let us celebrate and be happy today. 25 O Eternal One, save us, we beg You. O Eternal One, we beg You, bring us success!
26 He who comes in the name of the Eternal will be blessed;[b] we have blessed You from the house of the Eternal. 27 The Eternal is the True God; He shines His light on us. Let the feast begin. Bring the sacrifice, and tie it to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I give You thanks; You are my God, and I praise You. 29 Give thanks to our Eternal Lord; He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind.
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