I didn't die. I lived! And now I'm telling the world what God did.
God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn't hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates - the righteous gates! I'll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God, so the victors can enter and praise.
Thank you for responding to me; you've truly become my salvation!
The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone!
This is God's work. We rub our eyes - we can hardly believe it!
This is the very day God acted - let's celebrate and be festive!
Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God - a free and full life!
Blessed are you who enter in God's name - from God's house we bless you!
God is God, he has bathed us in light. Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)