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118 Give thanks to Jehovah, YOU people, for he is good;+ For his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.+ 2 Let Israel now say: “For his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.”+ 3 Let those of the house of Aaron now say:+ “For his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.”+ 4 Let those fearing Jehovah now say:+ “For his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.”+ 5 Out of the distressing circumstances I called upon Jah;*+ Jah answered [and put] me into a roomy place.*+ 6 Jehovah is on my side;* I shall not fear.+ What can earthling man* do to me?+ 7 Jehovah is on my side among those helping me,+ So that I myself shall look upon those hating me.+ 8 It is better to take refuge in Jehovah+ Than to trust in earthling man.+ 9 It is better to take refuge in Jehovah+ Than to trust in nobles.+ 10 All the nations themselves surrounded me.+ It was in the name of Jehovah that I kept holding them off.+ 11 They surrounded me, yes, they had me surrounded.+ It was in the name of Jehovah that I kept holding them off. 12 They surrounded me like bees;+ They were extinguished like a fire of thornbushes.+ It was in the name of Jehovah that I kept holding them off.+ 13 You pushed me hard that I should fall,+ But Jehovah himself helped me.+ 14 Jah is my shelter and [my] might,*+ And to me he becomes salvation.+ 15 The voice of a joyful cry and salvation+ Is in the tents+ of the righteous ones.+ The right hand of Jehovah is demonstrating vital energy.+ 16 The right hand of Jehovah is exalting [itself];*+ The right hand of Jehovah is demonstrating vital energy.+ 17 I shall not die, but I shall keep living,+ That I may declare the works of Jah.*+ 18 Jah corrected me severely,+ But he did not give me over to death itself.+ 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,+ YOU people. I shall go into them; I shall laud Jah.*+ 20 This is the gate of Jehovah.+ The righteous themselves will go into it.+ 21 I shall laud you, for you answered me+ And you came to be my salvation.+ 22 The stone that the builders rejected+ Has become the head of the corner.+ 23 This has come to be from Jehovah himself;+ It* is wonderful in our eyes.+ 24 This is the day that Jehovah has made;*+ We will be joyful and rejoice in it.+ 25 Ah, now, Jehovah, do save, please!+ Ah, now, Jehovah, do grant success, please!+ 26 Blessed be the One coming in the name of Jehovah;+ We have blessed YOU people out of the house of Jehovah.+ 27 Jehovah is the Divine One,*+ And he gives us light.+ Bind the festival procession+ with boughs,+ O YOU people, As far as the horns of the altar.+ 28 You are my Divine One, and I shall laud you;+ My God*—I shall exalt you.+ 29 Give thanks to Jehovah, YOU people, for he is good;+ For his loving-kindness is to time indefinite.+
^ See 68:4 ftn.
^ “He answered me with the roomy (spacious) place of Jah,” according to many Heb. mss.
^ Or, “Jehovah is mine (belongs to me).”
^ “Earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Possibly, “Jah is my strength and [my] melody.”
^ “Me,” LXXSyVg.
^ “Jah.” Heb., Yah; LXXSyVg, “Jehovah.”
^ See 68:4 ftn.
^ “This . . . it,” both fem., possibly referring to “the stone,” fem., in vs 22.
^ Or, “This is the day that Jehovah has done [it].”
^ “Divine One.” Or, “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “My God.” Heb., ʼElo·haiʹ.