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Psalm 30 International Standard Version (ISV)

A Davidic Psalm for the dedication of the Temple.

Thanksgiving for Deliverance

30 I exalt you, Lord,
    for you have lifted me up,
        and my enemies could not gloat over me.
Lord, my God!
    I cried out to you for help
        and you healed me.
Lord, you brought me from death;[a]
    you kept me alive so that I did not descend into the Pit.[b]

You, his godly ones,
    sing to the Lord,
        give thanks at the mention of his holiness.
For his wrath is only momentary;
    yet his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may lodge for the night,
    but shouts of joy will come in the morning.

As for me,
    I said in my prosperity,
        “I will never be moved.”
By your favor, Lord,
    you established me as a strong mountain;
Then you hid your face,
    and I was dismayed.

I cried out to you, Lord,
    and I make supplication to the Lord:
“What profit is there in my death[c] if I go down to the Pit?[d]
    Can dust worship you?
        Can it proclaim your faithfulness?”
10 Hear me, Lord,
    and have mercy on me!
        Lord, help me!

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
    you took off my sackcloth
        and clothed me with a garment of joy,
12 so that I may sing praise to you
    and not remain silent.
Lord, my God,
    I will give you thanks forever!


  1. Psalm 30:3 Lit. Sheol, a reference to the realm of the dead
  2. Psalm 30:3 I.e. the place of punishment in the afterlife
  3. Psalm 30:9 Lit. my blood
  4. Psalm 30:9 I.e. the place of punishment in the afterlife
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Psalm 30 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 30[a]

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.[b] Of David.

I will exalt you, Lord,
    for you lifted me out of the depths
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
    you spared me from going down to the pit.

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
    praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
    you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed.

To you, Lord, I called;
    to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help.

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.


  1. Psalm 30:1 In Hebrew texts 30:1-12 is numbered 30:2-13.
  2. Psalm 30:1 Title: Or palace
  3. Psalm 30:7 That is, Mount Zion
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