Psalm 118

 

O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good;

    his loyalty lasts forever!

Let Israel now say, "Yahweh's loyalty lasts forever."

Here ends the first segment of the processional Psalm for Palm Sunday and the Psalm for Easte, Series A

Let the house of Aaron say, "Yahweh's loyalty lasts forever."

Let those who fear Yahweh say, "Yahweh's loyalty lasts forever."

In my time of distress I called on Yahweh;

    Yahweh answered me with spacious freedom.

With Yahweh on my side I am not afraid;

    what could any human being do to me?

Yahweh is on my side as my helper;

    I shall gloat over those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in Yahweh

    than to put one's trust in any human being.

It is better to take refuge in Yahweh

    than to put one's trust in princes.

All nations encircled me;   

    in the name of Yahweh I cut them down.

They encircled me, aye they encircled me;

    in the name of Yahweh I cut them down.

They encircled me like bees;

    they flared up like a fire of thorns;

    in the name of Yahweh I cut them down.

I was pushed violently and about to fall,

    but Yahweh helped me.

Here begins the second segment of the psalm for Easter, Series A

Yahweh is my strength and my might;

    he has become my source of victory.

There are ringing cheers of victory in the tents of the righteous:

    "The right hand of Yahweh strikes with power;

    the right hand of Yahweh is exalted;

    the right hand of Yahweh strikes with power."

I shall not die, but I shall live,

    and I shall bear witness to the deeds of Yahweh.

Yahweh has disciplined me severely,

    but Yahweh did not surrender me to death.

Here begins the second segment of the processional Psalm for Palm Sunday, Series A

Open to me the gates of righteousness,

    that I may enter through them and praise Yahweh.

This is the gate of Yahweh;

    the righteous shall enter through it.

I praise you because you have answered me

    and have become my source of victory.

The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone.

This results from Yahweh's intervention;

    it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is that day that Yahweh has made;

    a day for us to rejoice and be glad.

Here ends the second segment of the psalm for Easter, Series A

We beg you, Yahweh, save us, we beg you,

    Yahweh, give us success.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh.

    We bless all of you from the house of Yahweh.

Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.

    Join in procession with leafy branches up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you;

    you are my God, and I will extol you.

O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good;

    for his loyalty lasts forever.