1 I love the Lord because he heard my plea for mercy, 2 and listened to me. As long as I live, I will call to him when I need help.
3 The ropes of death tightened around me, the snares of Sheol confronted me. I was confronted with trouble and sorrow. 4 I called on the name of the Lord, "Please Lord, rescue my life!"
5 The Lord is merciful and fair; our God is compassionate. 6 The Lord protects the untrained; I was in serious trouble and he delivered me. 7 Rest once more, my soul, for the Lord has vindicated you. 8 Yes, Lord, you rescued my life from death, and kept my feet from stumbling. 9 I will serve the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I had faith when I said, "I am severely oppressed." 11 I rashly declared, "All men are liars."
12 How can I repay the Lord for all his acts of kindness to me? 13 I will celebrate my deliverance, and call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord before all his people.
15 The Lord values the lives of his faithful followers. 16 Yes, Lord! I am indeed your servant; I am your lowest slave. You saved me from death.
17 I will present a thank offering to you, and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord before all his people, 19 in the courts of the Lord's temple, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

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