Psalm 66

1    Be joyful in God, all the earth;  

sing the glory of his name;

    sing the glory of his praise.

2    Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!  

Because of your great strength

    your enemies shall bow before you.

3  ‘All the earth shall worship you,  

sing to you, sing praise to your name.’

4    Come now and behold the works of God,  

how wonderful he is in his dealings with humankind.

5    He turned the sea into dry land;

    the river they passed through on foot;  

there we rejoiced in him.

6    In his might he rules for ever;

    his eyes keep watch over the nations;  

let no rebel rise up against him.

7    Bless our God, O you peoples;  

make the voice of his praise to be heard,

8    Who holds our souls in life  

and suffers not our feet to slip.

9    For you, O God, have proved us;  

you have tried us as silver is tried.

10  You brought us into the snare;  

you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

11  You let enemies ride over our heads;

    we went through fire and water;  

but you brought us out into a place of liberty.

12  I will come into your house with burnt offerings

    and will pay you my vows,  

which my lips uttered

    and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

13  I will offer you fat burnt sacrifices

    with the smoke of rams;  

I will sacrifice oxen and goats.

14  Come and listen, all you who fear God,  

and I will tell you what he has done for my soul.

15  I called out to him with my mouth  

and his praise was on my tongue.

16  If I had nursed evil in my heart,  

the Lord would not have heard me,

17  But in truth God has heard me;  

he has heeded the voice of my prayer.

18  Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,  

nor withheld his loving mercy from me.


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