Psalm 116 English Standard Version

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 1  I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3  The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4  Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!" 5  Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6  The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7  Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8  For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9  I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

10  I believed, even when[1] I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted"; 11  I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars." 12  What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14  I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16  O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. 17  I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. 18  I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19  in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!


[1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore

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