Psalm 115-118 New American Standard Bible

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God and the Idols

115 Not to us, O Lord , not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness , because of Your truth . 2  Why should the nations say , " Where , now , is their God ?" 3  But our God is in the heavens ; He does whatever e He pleases . 4  Their idols are silver and gold , The work of man's hands . 5  They have mouths , but they cannot speak ; They have eyes , but they cannot see ; 6  They have ears , but they cannot hear ; They have noses , but they cannot smell ; 7  They have hands , but they cannot feel ; They have feet , but they cannot walk ; They cannot make a sound with their throat . 8  Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.

9  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 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 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 the Lord , Nor do any who go down into silence ; 18  But as for us, we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forever e . Praise the Lord !

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 I love the Lord , because He hears My voice and my supplications . 2  Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live . 3  The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow . 4  Then I called upon the name of the Lord : "O Lord , I beseech You, save my life !" 5  Gracious is the Lord , and righteous ; Yes, our God is compassionate . 6  The Lord preserves the simple ; I was brought low , and He saved me. 7  Return to your rest , O my soul , For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8  For You have rescued my soul from death , My eyes from tears , My feet from stumbling . 9  I shall walk before the Lord In the 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 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 , 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 . Praise the Lord !

Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness

117 Praise the Lord , all nations ; Laud Him, all peoples ! 2  For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting . Praise the Lord !

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation

118 Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good ; For His lovingkindness is everlasting . 2  Oh let Israel say , "His lovingkindness is everlasting ." 3  Oh let the house of Aaron say , "His lovingkindness is everlasting ." 4  Oh let those who fear the Lord say , "His lovingkindness is everlasting ." 5  From my distress I called upon the Lord ; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place . 6  The Lord is for me; I will not fear ; What can man do to me? 7  The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. 8  It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man . 9  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 was falling , But the Lord helped me. 14  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 the Lord . 18  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 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 the Lord'S doing e ; 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 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 .

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