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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House. A Psalm of David.
[1]  I WILL extol thee, O Jehovah; for thou hast raised 1 me up,
And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
[2]  O Jehovah my God,
I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
[3]  O Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol;
Thou hast kept me alive, that 2 I should not go down to the pit.
[4]  Sing praise unto Jehovah, O ye saints of his,
And give thanks to his holy memorial name.
[5]  For his anger is but for a moment;
His 3 favor is for a life-time:
Weeping may 4 tarry for the night,
But joy cometh in the morning.
[6]  As for me, I said in my prosperity,
I shall never be moved.
[7]  Thou, Jehovah, of thy favor hadst made my mountain to stand strong:
Thou didst hide thy face; I was troubled.
[8]  I cried to thee, O Jehovah;
And unto Jehovah I made supplication:
[9]  What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
[10]  Hear, O Jehovah, and have mercy upon me:
Jehovah, be thou my helper.
[11]  Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
Thou hast loosed my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
[12]  To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.
O Jehovah my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Note 1. Or, drawn. [back]
Note 2. Another reading is, from among them that go down to the pit. [back]
Note 3. Or, In his favor is life. [back]
Note 4. Heb. may come in to lodge at even. [back]


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