Psalm 66 To the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm. 66 1MAKE A joyful noise unto God, all the earth; 2Sing forth the honor and glory of His name; make His praise glorious! 3Say to God, How awesome and fearfully glorious are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power shall Your enemies submit themselves to You [with feigned and reluctant obedience]. 4All the earth shall bow down to You and sing [praises] to You; they shall praise Your name in song. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5Come and see the works of God; see how [to save His people He smites their foes; He is] terrible in His doings toward the children of men. 6He turned the sea into dry land, they crossed through the river on foot; there did we rejoice in Him. 7He rules by His might forever, His eyes observe and keep watch over the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 8Bless our God, O peoples, give Him grateful thanks and make the voice of His praise be heard, 9Who put and kept us among the living, and has not allowed our feet to slip. 10For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified. 11You brought us into the net (the prison fortress, the dungeon); You laid a heavy burden upon our loins. 12You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air]. 13I will come into Your house with burnt offerings [of entire consecration]; I will pay You my vows, 14Which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in distress. 15I will offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs, with rams consumed in sweet-smelling smoke; I will offer bullocks and he-goats. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 16Come and hear, all you who reverently and worshipfully fear God, and I will declare what He has done for me! 17I cried aloud to Him; He was extolled and high praise was under my tongue. 18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me; 19But certainly God has heard me; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20Blessed be God, Who has not rejected my prayer nor removed His mercy and loving-kindness from being [as it always is] with me.
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