Psalm 115-118 Bible in Basic English

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God and the Idols

115 1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name let glory be given, because of your mercy and your unchanging faith. 2  Why may the nations say, Where is now their God? 3  But our God is in heaven: he has done whatever was pleasing to him. 4  Their images are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 5  They have mouths, but no voice; they have eyes, but they see not; 6  They have ears, but no hearing; they have noses, but no sense of smell; 7  They have hands without feeling, and feet without power of walking; and no sound comes from their throat. 8  Those who make them are like them; and so is everyone who puts his faith in them.

9  O Israel, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 10  O house of Aaron, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 11  You worshippers of the Lord, have faith in the Lord: he is their help and their breastplate. 12  The Lord has kept us in mind and will give us his blessing; he will send blessings on the house of Israel and on the house of Aaron. 13  He will send blessings on the worshippers of the Lord, on the small and on the great. 14  May the Lord give you and your children still greater increase. 15  May you have the blessing of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 16  The heavens are the Lord's; but the earth he has given to the children of men. 17  The dead do not give praise to the Lord; or those who go down to the underworld. 18  But we will give praise to the Lord now and for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 1  I have given my love to the Lord, because he has given ear to the voice of my cry and my prayer. 2  He has let my request come before him, and I will make my prayer to him all my days. 3  The nets of death were round me, and the pains of the underworld had me in their grip; I was full of trouble and sorrow. 4  Then I made my prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord, take my soul out of trouble. 5  The Lord is full of grace and righteousness; truly, he is a God of mercy. 6  The Lord keeps the simple; I was made low, and he was my saviour. 7  Come back to your rest, O my soul; for the Lord has given you your reward. 8  You have taken my soul from the power of death, keeping my eyes from weeping, and my feet from falling. 9  I will go before the Lord in the land of the living.

10  I still had faith, though I said, I am in great trouble; 11  Though I said in my fear, All men are false. 12  What may I give to the Lord for all the good things which he has done for me? 13  I will take the cup of salvation, and give praise to the name of the Lord. 14  I will make the offering of my oath to the Lord, even before all his people. 15  Dear in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16  O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of her who is your servant; by you have my cords been broken. 17  I will give an offering of praise to you, and make my prayer in the name of the Lord. 18  I will make the offerings of my oath, even before all his people; 19  In the Lord's house, even in Jerusalem. Praise be to the Lord.

Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness

117 1  Let all the nations give praise to the Lord: let all the people give him praise. 2  For great is his mercy to us, and his faith is unchanging for ever. Praise be to the Lord.

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation

118 1  O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever. 2  Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 3  Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 4  Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. 5  I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place. 6  The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me? 7  The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters. 8  It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one's hope in man. 9  It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one's hope in rulers. 10  All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 11  They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 12  They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. 13  I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper. 14  The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15  The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. 16  The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. 17  Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord. 18  The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.

19  Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord. 20  This is the door of the Lord's house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it. 21  I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation. 22  The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building. 23  This is the Lord's doing; it is a wonder in our eyes. 24  This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it. 25  Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing. 26  A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord. 27  The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar. 28  You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name. 29  O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

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