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A Man Saved from Death Praises God

116 I love the Lord, because he hears me;

he listens to my prayers.

2 He listens to me

every time I call to him.

3 The danger of death was all round me;

the horrors of the grave closed in on me;

I was filled with fear and anxiety.

4 Then I called to the Lord,

“I beg you, Lord, save me!”

5 The Lord is merciful and good;

our God is compassionate.

6 The Lord protects the helpless;

when I was in danger, he saved me.

7 Be confident, my heart,

because the Lord has been good to me.

8 The Lord saved me from death;

he stopped my tears

and kept me from defeat.

9 And so I walk in the presence of the Lord

in the world of the living.

10* I kept on believing, even when I said,

“I am completely crushed,”

11 even when I was afraid and said,

“No one can be trusted.”

12 What can I offer the Lord

for all his goodness to me?

13 I will bring a wine offering to the Lord,

to thank him for saving me.

14 In the assembly of all his people

I will give him what I have promised.

15 How painful it is to the Lord

when one of his people dies!

16 I am your servant, Lord;

I serve you, just as my mother did.

You have saved me from death.

17 I will give you a sacrifice of thanksgiving

and offer my prayer to you.

18–19 In the assembly of all your people,

in the sanctuary of your Temple in Jerusalem,

I will give you what I have promised.

Praise the Lord!


About The Good News Translation

This Bible uses simple everyday language and vocabulary shared by everyone regardless of age or background. The "dynamic equivalence" in translation communicates the meaning and style of the original in a unique way. Also known as Today's English Version.


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