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38:20 save me . . . all the days of our lives. Hope is alive (cf. Ps. 6:9; 22:22–24), as Hezekiah expects to join in the communal praise (vv. 18, 19).
stringed instruments. Musical accompaniment assisted the singing of psalms (cf. Ps. 33:1–3; 150).
house of the Lord. This was the place specially designed by God for worship from the time of Solomon until the time of the church.