God and the Idols
115 1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us,
but to your name give glory,
for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake. 2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God, now?” 3 But our God is in the heavens.
He does whatever he pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they don’t speak.
They have eyes, but they don’t see. 6 They have ears, but they don’t hear.
They have noses, but they don’t smell. 7 They have hands, but they don’t feel.
They have feet, but they don’t walk,
neither do they speak through their throat. 8 Those who make them will be like them;
yes, everyone who trusts in them.
9 Israel, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield. 10 House of Aaron, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield. 11 You who fear Yahweh, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield. 12 Yahweh remembers 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 Yahweh,
both small and great. 14 May Yahweh increase you more and more,
you and your children. 15 Blessed are you by Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth. 16 The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh;
but the earth has he given to the children of men. 17 The dead don’t praise Yah,
neither any who go down into silence; 18 But we will bless Yah,
from this time forth and forevermore.
Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
116 1 I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice,
and my cries for mercy. 2 Because he has turned his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The cords of death surrounded me,
the pains of Sheol got a hold of me.
I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of Yahweh:
“Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.” 5 Yahweh is Gracious and righteous.
Yes, our God is merciful. 6 Yahweh preserves the simple.
I was brought low, and he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
and my feet from falling. 9 I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore I said,
“I was greatly afflicted.” 11 I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.” 12 What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh. 14 I will pay my vows to Yahweh,
yes, in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints. 16 Yahweh, truly I am your servant.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid.
You have freed me from my chains. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call on the name of Yahweh. 18 I will pay my vows to Yahweh,
yes, in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of Yahweh’s house,
in the midst of you, Jerusalem.
Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness
Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation
118 1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever. 2 Let Israel now say
that his loving kindness endures forever. 3 Let the house of Aaron now say
that his loving kindness endures forever. 4 Now let those who fear Yahweh say
that his loving kindness endures forever. 5 Out of my distress, I called on Yah.
Yah answered me with freedom. 6 Yahweh is on my side. I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? 7 Yahweh is on my side among those who help me.
Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
than to put confidence in princes. 10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of Yahweh, I cut them off. 11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.
In the name of Yahweh I indeed cut them off. 12 They surrounded me like bees.
They are quenched like the burning thorns.
In the name of Yahweh I cut them off. 13 You pushed me back hard, to make me fall,
but Yahweh helped me. 14 Yah is my strength and song.
He has become my salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.
“The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly. 16 The right hand of Yahweh is exalted!
The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!” 17 I will not die, but live,
and declare Yah’s works. 18 Yah has punished me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness.
I will enter into them.
I will give thanks to Yah. 20 This is the gate of Yahweh;
the righteous will enter into it. 21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me,
and have become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner. 23 This is Yahweh’s doing.
It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that Yahweh has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it! 25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh!
Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now. 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh!
We have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh. 27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.
Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.
You are my God, I will exalt you. 29 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.