Psalm 118 118 1Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. 2Let the people of Israel say, “His faithful love continues forever.” 3Let the priests of Aaron say, “His faithful love continues forever.” 4Let those who have respect for the Lord say, “His faithful love continues forever.” 5When I was in great pain, I cried out to the Lord. He answered me and set me free. 6The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. What can mere men do to me? 7The Lord is with me. He helps me. I will win the battle over my enemies. 8It is better to go to the Lord for safety than to trust in mere men. 9It is better to go to the Lord for safety than to trust in human leaders. 10The nations were all around me. But by the Lord’s power I destroyed them. 11They were around me on every side. But by the Lord’s power I destroyed them. 12They attacked me like large numbers of bees. But they died out as quickly as burning thorns. By the Lord’s power I destroyed them. 13I was pushed back. I was about to be killed. But the Lord helped me. 14The Lord gives me strength. I sing about him. He has saved me. 15Shouts of joy ring out in the tents of godly people. They praise him for his help in battle. They shout, “The Lord’s powerful right hand has done mighty things! 16The Lord’s powerful right hand has won the battle! The Lord’s powerful right hand has done mighty things!” 17I will not die. I will live. I will talk about what the Lord has done. 18The Lord has really punished me. But he didn’t let me die. 19Open the gates of the temple for me. I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20This is the gate of the Lord. Only those who do what is right can go through it. 21Lord, I will give thanks to you, because you answered me. You have saved me. 22The stone the builders didn’t accept has become the most important stone of all. 23The Lord has done it. It is wonderful in our eyes. 24The Lord has done it on this day. Let us be joyful and glad in it. 25Lord, save us. Lord, give us success. 26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. From the temple of the Lord we bless you. 27The Lord is God. He has made the light of his favor shine on us. Take branches in your hands. Join in the march on the day of the feast. March up to the corners of the altar. 28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, and I will honor you. 29Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.
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