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Psalm 66

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David exhorts to praise God;

For the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm.

66:1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

66:2 Sing to the glory of his name!
Offer glory and praise!

66:3 Tell God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to you.

66:4 All the earth will worship you,
and will sing to you;
they will sing to your name.”

Selah.

to observe his great works;

66:5 Come, and see God’s deeds—
awesome work on behalf of the children of men.

66:6 He turned the sea into dry land.
They went through the river on foot.
There, we rejoiced in him.

66:7 He rules by his might forever.
His eyes watch the nations.
Don’t let the rebellious rise up against him.

Selah.

to bless him for his gracious benefits.

66:8 Praise our God, you peoples!
Make the sound of his praise heard,

66:9 who preserves our life among the living,
and doesn’t allow our feet to be moved.

66:10 For you, God, have tested us.
You have refined us, as silver is refined.

66:11 You brought us into prison.
You laid a burden on our backs.

He vows for himself religious service to God.

66:12 You allowed men to ride over our heads.
We went through fire and through water,
but you brought us to the place of abundance.

66:13 I will come into your temple with burnt offerings.
I will pay my vows to you,

66:14 which my lips promised,
and my mouth spoke, when I was in distress.

66:15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fat animals,
with the offering of rams,
I will offer bulls with goats.

Selah.

He declares God's special goodness to himself.

66:16 Come, and hear, all you who fear God.
I will declare what he has done for my soul.

66:17 I cried to him with my mouth.
He was extolled with my tongue.

66:18 If I cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord wouldn’t have listened.

66:19 But most certainly, God has listened.
He has heard the voice of my prayer.

66:20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer,
nor his loving kindness from me.

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