Psalm 115-118 Darby’s Translation

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God and the Idols

115 1  Not unto us, O Jehovah, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth's sake. 2  Wherefore should the nations say, Where then is their God? 3  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleased. 4  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands: 5  They have a mouth, and they speak not; eyes have they, and they see not; 6  They have ears, and they hear not; a nose have they, and they smell not; 7  They have hands, and they handle not; feet have they, and they walk not; they give no sound through their throat. 8  They that make them are like unto them,—every one that confideth in them.

9  O Israel, confide thou in Jehovah: he is their help and their shield. 10  House of Aaron, confide in Jehovah: he is their help and their shield. 11  Ye that fear Jehovah, confide in Jehovah: he is their help and their shield. 12  Jehovah hath been mindful of us: he will bless, he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; 13  He will bless them that fear Jehovah, both the small and the great. 14  Jehovah will add unto you more, unto you and unto your children. 15  Ye are blessed of Jehovah, who made the heavens and the earth. 16  The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah, but the earth hath he given to the children of men. 17  The dead praise not Jah, neither any that go down into silence; 18  But we will bless Jah from this time forth and for evermore. Hallelujah!

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 1  I love Jehovah, for he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications; 2  For he hath inclined his ear unto me, and I will call upon him during [all] my days. 3  The bands of death encompassed me, and the anguish of Sheol took hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow: 4  Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: I beseech thee, Jehovah, deliver my soul. 5  Gracious is Jehovah and righteous; and our God is merciful. 6  Jehovah keepeth the simple: I was brought low, and he saved me. 7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee. 8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, my feet from falling. 9  I will walk before Jehovah in the land of the living.

10  I believed, therefore have I spoken. As for me, I was greatly afflicted. 11  I said in my haste, All men are liars. 12  What shall I render unto Jehovah, [for] all his benefits toward me? 13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Jehovah. 14  I will perform my vows unto Jehovah, yea, before all his people. 15  Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints. 16  Yea, Jehovah! for I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. 17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of Jehovah. 18  I will perform my vows unto Jehovah, yea, before all his people, 19  In the courts of Jehovah's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness

117 1  Praise Jehovah, all ye nations; laud him, all ye peoples; 2  For his loving-kindness is great toward us, and the truth of Jehovah [endureth] for ever. Hallelujah!

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation

118 1  Give ye thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 2  Oh let Israel say, that his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 3  Oh let the house of Aaron say, that his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 4  Oh let them that fear Jehovah say, that his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 5  I called upon Jah in distress; Jah answered me [and set me] in a large place. 6  Jehovah is for me, I will not fear; what can man do unto me? 7  Jehovah is for me among them that help me; and I shall see [my desire] upon them that hate me. 8  It is better to trust in Jehovah than to put confidence in man; 9  It is better to trust in Jehovah than to put confidence in nobles. 10  All nations encompassed me; but in the name of Jehovah have I destroyed them. 11  They encompassed me, yea, encompassed me; but in the name of Jehovah have I destroyed them. 12  They encompassed me like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of Jehovah have I destroyed them. 13  Thou hast thrust hard at me that I might fall; but Jehovah helped me. 14  My strength and song is Jah, and he is become my salvation. 15  The voice of triumph and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: the right hand of Jehovah doeth valiantly; 16  The right hand of Jehovah is exalted, the right hand of Jehovah doeth valiantly. 17  I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of Jah. 18  Jah hath chastened me sore; but he hath not given me over unto death.

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them; Jah will I praise. 20  This is the gate of Jehovah: the righteous shall enter therein. 21  I will give thee thanks, for thou hast answered me, and art become my salvation. 22  [The] stone which the builders rejected hath become the head of the corner: 23  This is of Jehovah; it is wonderful in our eyes. 24  This is the day that Jehovah hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25  Oh save, Jehovah, I beseech thee; Jehovah, I beseech thee, oh send prosperity! 26  Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah. We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. 27  Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: bind the sacrifice with cords,—up to the horns of the altar. 28  Thou art my God, and I will give thee thanks; my God, I will exalt thee. 29  Give ye thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever.

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