Psalm 138

 Note: A and A’ are spoken in the  first person singular “I”, whereas B is about “they”. A and A’ extol the LORD’s “chesed” – lovingkindness/mercy which is memorialised in His Name (Exodus 34:6).

A Psalm of David.

A. 1 I will praise thee with my whole heart:
before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,
and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

B. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD,
when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD:
for great is the glory of the LORD.

A’. 6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me:
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.

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