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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Psalm 116

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PSALM 116

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death.

1 aI love the Lord, because He bhears

My voice and my supplications.

2 Because He has ainclined His ear to me,

Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The acords of death encompassed me

And the 1terrors of 2Sheol 3came upon me;

I found distress and sorrow.

4 Then aI called upon the name of the Lord:

“O Lord, I beseech You, 1bsave my life!”

5 aGracious is the Lord, and brighteous;

Yes, our God is ccompassionate.

6 The Lord preserves athe simple;

I was bbrought low, and He saved me.

7 Return to your arest, O my soul,

For the Lord has bdealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have arescued my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

My feet from stumbling.

9 I shall walk before the Lord

In the 1aland of the living.

10 I abelieved when I said,

“I am bgreatly afflicted.”

11 I asaid in my alarm,

bAll men are liars.”

12 What shall I arender to the Lord

For all His bbenefits 1toward me?

13 I shall lift up the acup of salvation

And bcall upon the name of the Lord.

14 I shall apay my vows to the Lord,

Oh may it be bin the presence of all His people.

15 aPrecious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His godly ones.

16 O Lord, 1surely I am aYour servant,

I am Your servant, the bson of Your handmaid,

You have cloosed my bonds.

17 To You I shall offer aa sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And bcall upon the name of the Lord.

18 I shall apay my vows to the Lord,

Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,

19 In the acourts of the Lord’s house,

In the midst of you, O bJerusalem.

1Praise 2the Lord!

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Psalm 34–36

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PSALM 34

The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.

A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.

1 I will abless the Lord at all times;

His bpraise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul will amake its boast in the Lord;

The bhumble will hear it and rejoice.

3 O amagnify the Lord with me,

And let us bexalt His name together.

4 I asought the Lord, and He answered me,

And bdelivered me from all my fears.

5 They alooked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces will bnever be ashamed.

6 This 1poor man cried, and athe Lord heard him

And saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The aangel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,

And rescues them.

8 O ataste and see that the Lord is good;

How bblessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

9 O fear the Lord, you aHis saints;

For to those who fear Him there is bno want.

10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the Lord shall anot be in want of any good thing.

11 aCome, you children, listen to me;

bI will teach you cthe fear of the Lord.

12 aWho is the man who desires life

And loves length of days that he may bsee good?

13 Keep ayour tongue from evil

And your lips from speaking bdeceit.

14 aDepart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and bpursue it.

15 The aeyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

And His ears are open to their cry.

16 The aface of the Lord is against evildoers,

To bcut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous acry, and the Lord hears

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord ais near to the bbrokenhearted

And saves those who are 1ccrushed in spirit.

19 aMany are the bafflictions of the righteous,

But the Lord cdelivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones,

aNot one of them is broken.

21 aEvil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous will be 1condemned.

22 The Lord aredeems the soul of His servants,

And none of those who btake refuge in Him will be 1condemned.

PSALM 35

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.

A Psalm of David.

1 Contend, O Lord, with those who acontend with me;

Fight against those who bfight against me.

2 Take hold of 1abuckler and shield

And rise up for bmy help.

3 Draw also the spear and 1the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me;

Say to my soul, “I am ayour salvation.”

4 Let those be aashamed and dishonored who seek my 1life;

Let those be bturned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

5 Let them be alike chaff before the wind,

With the angel of the Lord driving them on.

6 Let their way be dark and aslippery,

With the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7 For awithout cause they bhid their net for me;

Without cause they dug a 1pit for my soul.

8 Let adestruction come upon him unawares,

And blet the net which he hid catch himself;

Into that very cdestruction let him fall.

9 And my soul shall arejoice in the Lord;

It shall bexult in His salvation.

10 All my abones will say, “Lord, bwho is like You,

Who delivers the afflicted from him cwho is too strong for him,

And dthe afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”

11 aMalicious witnesses rise up;

They ask me of things that I do not know.

12 They arepay me evil for good,

To the bereavement of my soul.

13 But as for me, awhen they were sick, my bclothing was sackcloth;

I chumbled my soul with fasting,

And my dprayer kept returning to my bosom.

14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother;

I abowed down 1mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.

15 But aat my 1stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together;

The 2bsmiters whom I did not know gathered together against me,

They 3cslandered me without ceasing.

16 Like godless jesters at a feast,

They agnashed at me with their teeth.

17 Lord, ahow long will You look on?

Rescue my soul bfrom their ravages,

My conly life from the lions.

18 I will agive You thanks in the great congregation;

I will bpraise You among a mighty throng.

19 aDo not let those who are wrongfully bmy enemies rejoice over me;

Nor let those cwho hate me without cause 1dwink maliciously.

20 For they do not speak peace,

But they devise adeceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

21 They aopened their mouth wide against me;

They said, “bAha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”

22 aYou have seen it, O Lord, bdo not keep silent;

O Lord, cdo not be far from me.

23 aStir up Yourself, and awake to my right

And to my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 aJudge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness,

And bdo not let them rejoice over me.

25 Do not let them say in their heart, “aAha, our desire!”

Do not let them say, “We have bswallowed him up!”

26 Let athose be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;

Let those be bclothed with shame and dishonor who cmagnify themselves over me.

27 Let them ashout for joy and rejoice, who favor bmy vindication;

And clet them say continually, “The Lord be magnified,

Who ddelights in the prosperity of His servant.”

28 And amy tongue shall declare Your righteousness

And Your praise all day long.

PSALM 36

Wickedness of Men and Lovingkindness of God.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord.

1 Transgression speaks

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