Psalm 118:1-16

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
    His faithful love continues forever.

Let the people of Israel say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”
Let the priests of Aaron say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”
Let those who have respect for the Lord say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”

When I was in great trouble, I cried out to the Lord.
    He answered me and set me free from my trouble.
The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid.
    What can mere human beings do to me?
The Lord is with me. He helps me.
    I win the battle over my enemies.

It is better to go to the Lord for safety
    than to trust in mere human beings.
It is better to go to the Lord for safety
    than to trust in human leaders.

The nations were all around me.
    But by the Lord’s power I destroyed them.
They were around me on every side.
    But by the Lord’s power I destroyed them.
They attacked me like swarms of bees.
    But they were burned up as quickly as thorns in a fire.
    By the Lord’s power I destroyed them.

I was pushed back and about to be killed.
    But the Lord helped me.
The Lord gives me strength and makes me secure.
    He has saved me.

Shouts 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!
    The Lord’s powerful right hand has won the battle!
    The Lord’s powerful right hand has done mighty things!”

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