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Psalm 115-118 (New American Standard Bible)

Psalm 115-118

Heathen Idols Contrasted with the Lord.

115 Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your [a]truth.
Why should the nations say,
Where, now, is their God?”
But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
[b]They have hands, but they cannot feel;
[c]They have feet, but they cannot walk;
They cannot make a sound with their throat.
Those who make them [d]will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.

O Israel, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who [e]fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless those who [f]fear the Lord,
The small together with the great.
14 May the Lord give you increase,
You and your children.
15 May you be blessed of the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
But the earth He has given to the sons of men.
17 The dead do not praise [g]the Lord,
Nor do any who go down into silence;
18 But as for us, we will bless [h]the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
[i]Praise [j]the Lord!

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death.

116 I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me
And the [k]terrors of [l]Sheol [m]came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I beseech You, [n]save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
In the [o]land of the living.
10 I believed when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my alarm,
All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits [p]toward me?
13 I shall lift up the cup of salvation
And call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I shall pay my vows to the Lord,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.
16 O Lord, [q]surely I am Your servant,
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
You have loosed my bonds.
17 To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
18 I shall pay my vows to the Lord,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
19 In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
[r]Praise [s]the Lord!

A Psalm of Praise.

117 Praise the Lord, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness [t]is great toward us,
And the [u]truth of the Lord is everlasting.
[v]Praise [w]the Lord!

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness.

118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Oh let Israel say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let the house of Aaron say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let those who [x]fear the Lord say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

From my distress I called upon [y]the Lord;
[z]The Lord answered me and set me in a large place.
The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
13 You pushed me violently so that I [aa]was falling,
But the Lord helped me.
14 [ab]The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I will not die, but live,
And tell of the works of [ac]the Lord.
18 [ad]The Lord has disciplined me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to [ae]the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous will enter through it.
21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
23 This is [af]the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O Lord, do save, we beseech You;
O Lord, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords [ag]to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 115:1 Or faithfulness
  2. Psalm 115:7 Lit Their hands
  3. Psalm 115:7 Lit Their feet
  4. Psalm 115:8 Or are like them
  5. Psalm 115:11 Or revere
  6. Psalm 115:13 Or revere
  7. Psalm 115:17 Heb Yah
  8. Psalm 115:18 Heb Yah
  9. Psalm 115:18 Or Hallelujah!
  10. Psalm 115:18 Heb Yah
  11. Psalm 116:3 Lit straits
  12. Psalm 116:3 I.e. the nether world
  13. Psalm 116:3 Lit found me
  14. Psalm 116:4 Or deliver my soul
  15. Psalm 116:9 Lit lands
  16. Psalm 116:12 Lit upon
  17. Psalm 116:16 Or because
  18. Psalm 116:19 Or Hallelujah!
  19. Psalm 116:19 Heb Yah
  20. Psalm 117:2 Lit prevails over us
  21. Psalm 117:2 Or faithfulness
  22. Psalm 117:2 Or Hallelujah!
  23. Psalm 117:2 Heb Yah
  24. Psalm 118:4 Or revere
  25. Psalm 118:5 Heb Yah
  26. Psalm 118:5 Heb Yah
  27. Psalm 118:13 Or fell
  28. Psalm 118:14 Heb Yah
  29. Psalm 118:17 Heb Yah
  30. Psalm 118:18 Heb Yah
  31. Psalm 118:19 Heb Yah
  32. Psalm 118:23 Lit from the Lord
  33. Psalm 118:27 Lit unto
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