Psalm 30

1    I will exalt you, O Lord,

    because you have raised me up  

and have not let my foes triumph over me.

2    O Lord my God, I cried out to you  

and you have healed me.

3    You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;  

you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.

4    Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;  

give thanks to his holy name.

5    For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,

    his favour for a lifetime.  

Heaviness may endure for a night,

    but joy comes in the morning.

6    In my prosperity I said,

    ‘I shall never be moved.  

You, Lord, of your goodness,

    have made my hill so strong.’

7    Then you hid your face from me  

and I was utterly dismayed.

8    To you, O Lord, I cried;  

to the Lord I made my supplication:

9    ‘What profit is there in my blood,

    if I go down to the Pit?  

Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

10  ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;  

O Lord, be my helper.’

11  You have turned my mourning into dancing;  

you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;

12  Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;  

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.


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