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Psalm 116

Thanksgiving for Rescue from Death.

1I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear]
My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).

Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.

The cords and sorrows of death encompassed me,
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, please save my life!”


Gracious is the Lord, and [consistently] righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.

[a]The Lord protects the simple (childlike);
I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved me.

Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have rescued my life from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from stumbling and falling.

I will walk [in submissive wonder] before the Lord
In the land of the living.
10 
I believed [and clung to my God] when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11 
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”

12 
What will I give to the Lord [in return]
For all His benefits toward me?
[How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?]
13 
I will lift up the cup of salvation
And call on the name of the Lord.
14 
I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people.
15 
[b]Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them].
16 
O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid;
You have unfastened my chains.
17 
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call on the name of the Lord.
18 
I will pay my vows to the Lord,
Yes, in the presence of all His people,
19 
In the courts of the Lord’s house (temple)—
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 116:6 In Jewish tradition this became a common saying to explain how some people could do ill-advised things and not suffer for them.
  2. Psalm 116:15 The ancient rabbis interpreted this verse to mean that it is hard for God to declare death upon the righteous.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 116

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he heard my voice.
    He heard my cry for his help.
Because he paid attention to me,
    I will call out to him as long as I live.

The ropes of death were wrapped around me.
    The horrors of the grave came over me.
    I was overcome by sadness and sorrow.
Then I called out to the Lord.
    I cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The Lord is holy and kind.
    Our God is full of tender love.
The Lord takes care of those who are not aware of danger.
    When I was in great need, he saved me.

I said to myself, “Be calm.
    The Lord has been good to me.”

Lord, you have saved me from death.
    You have dried the tears from my eyes.
    You have kept me from tripping and falling.
So now I can enjoy life here with you
    while I’m still living.
10 I trusted in the Lord even when I said to myself,
    “I am in great pain.”
11 When I was terrified, I said to myself,
    “No one tells the truth.”

12 The Lord has been so good to me!
    How can I ever pay him back?
13 I will bring an offering of wine to the Lord
    and thank him for saving me.
    I will worship him.
14 In front of all the Lord’s people,
    I will do what I promised him.

15 The Lord pays special attention
    when his faithful people die.
16 Lord, I serve you.
    I serve you just as my mother did.
    You have set me free from the chains of my suffering.

17 Lord, I will sacrifice a thank offering to you.
    I will worship you.
18 In front of all the Lord’s people,
    I will do what I promised him.
19 I will keep my promise in the courtyards of the Lord’s temple.
    I will keep my promise in Jerusalem itself.

Praise the Lord.