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1I love the Lord, because he has heard

my voice and my supplications.

2Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

3The snares of death encompassed me;

the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish.

4Then I called on the name of the Lord:

“O Lord, I beseech thee, save my life!”

5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

our God is merciful.

6The Lord preserves the simple;

when I was brought low, he saved me.

7Return, O my soul, to your rest;

for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8For thou hast delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears,

my feet from stumbling;

9I walk before the Lord

in the land of the living.

10I kept my faith, even when I said,

“I am greatly afflicted”;

11I said in my consternation,

“Men are all a vain hope.”

12What shall I render to the Lord

for all his bounty to me?

13I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord,

14I will pay my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people.

15Precious in the sight of the Lord

is the death of his saints.

16Lord, I am thy servant;

I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid.

Thou hast loosed my bonds.

17I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving

and call on the name of the Lord.

18I will pay my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people,

19in the courts of the house of the Lord,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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