118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His mercy is everlasting. 2 Let Israel say, “His mercy is everlasting.” 3 Oh let the house of Aaron say, “His mercy is everlasting.” 4 Let those who [a]fear the Lord say, “His mercy is everlasting.”
5 From mydistress I called upon [b]the Lord; [c]The Lord answered me andput me in an open space. 6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? 7 The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in people. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in noblemen.
10 All nations surrounded me; In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off. 11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off. 12 They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished like a fire of thorn bushes; In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off. 13 You pushed me violently so that I [d]was falling, But the Lordhelped me. 14 [e]The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.
15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly. 16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly. 17 I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of [f]the Lord. 18 [g]The Lord has disciplined me severely, But He has not turned me over to death.
19 Open the gates of righteousness to me; I will enter through them, I will give thanks to [h]the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; The righteous will enter through it. 21 I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation.
22 A stone which the builders rejected Has become the [i]chief cornerstone. 23 This came about from the Lord; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let’s rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Please, O Lord, do save us; Please, O Lord, do send prosperity! 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice [j]to the horns of the altar with cords. 28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I exalt You. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His mercy is everlasting.
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