Psalm 118 118 1O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 2Let Israel now say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 3Let the house of Aaron [the priesthood] now say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 4Let those now who reverently and worshipfully fear the Lord say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 5Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. 6The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The Lord is on my side and takes my part, He is among those who help me; therefore shall I see my desire established upon those who hate me. 8It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 9It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10All nations (the surrounding tribes) compassed me about, but in the name of the Lord I will cut them off! 11They compassed me about, yes, they surrounded me on every side; but in the name of the Lord I will cut them off! 12They swarmed about me like bees, they blaze up and are extinguished like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I will cut them off! 13You [my adversary] thrust sorely at me that I might fall, but the Lord helped me. 14The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation. 15The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents and private dwellings of the [uncompromisingly] righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength! 16The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength! 17I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord. 18The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death. 19Open to me the [temple] gates of righteousness; I will enter through them, and I will confess and praise the Lord. 20This is the gate of the Lord; the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall enter through it. 21I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You have become my Salvation and Deliverer. 22The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25Save now, we beseech You, O Lord; send now prosperity, O Lord, we beseech You, and give to us success! 26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord [you who come into His sanctuary under His guardianship]. 27The Lord is God, Who has shown and given us light [He has illuminated us with grace, freedom, and joy]. Decorate the festival with leafy boughs and bind the sacrifices to be offered with thick cords [all over the priest’s court, right up] to the horns of the altar. 28You are my God, and I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You. 29O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
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