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Psalm 118

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An exhortation to praise God for his mercy.

118:1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.

118:2 Let Israel now say
that his loving kindness endures forever.

118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say
that his loving kindness endures forever.

118:4 Now let those who fear Yahweh say
that his loving kindness endures forever.

The psalmist by his experience shews how good it is to trust in God.

118:5 Out of my distress, I called on Yah.
Yah answered me with freedom.

118:6 Yahweh is on my side. I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

118:7 Yahweh is on my side among those who help me.
Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

118:8 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
than to put confidence in man.

118:9 It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
than to put confidence in princes.

118:10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of Yahweh, I cut them off.

118:11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.
In the name of Yahweh I indeed cut them off.

118:12 They surrounded me like bees.
They are quenched like the burning thorns.
In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.

118:13 You pushed me back hard, to make me fall,
but Yahweh helped me.

118:14 Yah is my strength and song.
He has become my salvation.

118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.
“The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.

118:16 The right hand of Yahweh is exalted!
The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!”

118:17 I will not die, but live,
and declare Yah’s works.

118:18 Yah has punished me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

Under the type of the psalmist the coming of Christ in his kingdom is expressed.

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness.
I will enter into them.
I will give thanks to Yah.

118:20 This is the gate of Yahweh;
the righteous will enter into it.

118:21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me,
and have become my salvation.

*118:22 The stone which the builders rejected
has become the head of the corner.

118:23 This is Yahweh’s doing.
It is marvelous in our eyes.

118:24 This is the day that Yahweh has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it!

118:25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh!
Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now.

118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh!
We have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh.

118:27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.
Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.
You are my God, I will exalt you.

118:29 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.



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