Psalm 116 (English Standard Version)

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I Love the Lord

1 I 1love the LORD, because he has 2heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he 3inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 4The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then 5I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!" 5 6Gracious is the LORD, and 7righteous; our God is 8merciful. 6 The LORD preserves 9the simple; when 10I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your 11rest; for the LORD has 12dealt bountifully with you. 8 For 13you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9 I will walk before the LORD 14in the land of the living. 10 15I believed, 16even whena I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted"; 11 17I said in my alarm, 18"All mankind are liars." 12 What shall I 19render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up 20the cup of salvation and 21call on the name of the LORD, 14 I will 22pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 23Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his 24saints. 16 O LORD, I am your 25servant; I am your servant, 26the son of your maidservant. You have 27loosed my bonds. 17 I will 28offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and 29call on the name of the LORD. 18 I will 30pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, 19 in 31the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. 32Praise the LORD!
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