1 I love the LORD, because he listens to my voice,
and my cries for mercy.
2 Because he has turned his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death surrounded me,
the pains of Sheol† Sheol is the place of the dead. got a hold of me.
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the LORD’s name:
“LORD, I beg you, deliver my soul.”
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous.
Yes, our God is merciful.
6 The LORD preserves the simple.
I was brought low, and he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore I said,
“I was greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my haste,
“All people are liars.”
12 What will I give to the LORD for all his benefits towards me?
13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the LORD’s name.
14 I will pay my vows to the LORD,
yes, in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the LORD’s sight is the death of his saints.
16 LORD, truly I am your servant.
I am your servant, the son of your servant girl.
You have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call on the LORD’s name.
18 I will pay my vows to the LORD,
yes, in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the LORD’s house,
in the middle of you, Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!
†116:3: Sheol is the place of the dead.