Psalm 66
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Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.

To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.

1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;

2Sing of the honor and glory and magnificence of His name;

Make His praise glorious.

3Say to God, “How awesome and fearfully glorious are Your works!

Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will pretend to be obedient to You.

4“All the earth will [bow down to] worship You [in submissive wonder],

And will sing praises to You;

They will praise Your name in song.” Selah.

5Come and see the works of God,

He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of men.

6He turned the sea into dry land;

They crossed through the river on foot;

There we rejoiced in Him.

7Who rules by His might forever,

His eyes keep watch on the nations;

Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

8Bless our God, O peoples,

And make the sound of His praise be heard abroad,

9Who keeps us among the living,

And does not allow our feet to slip or stumble.

10For You have tested us, O God;

You have refined us as silver is refined.

11You brought us into the net;

You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on [a]us.

12You made men (charioteers) [b]ride over our heads [in defeat];

We went through fire and through water,

Yet You brought us out into a [broad] place of abundance [to be refreshed].

13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;

I shall pay You my vows,

14Which my lips uttered

And my mouth spoke as a promise when I was in distress.

15I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs,

With the [sweet] smoke of rams;

I will offer bulls with male goats. Selah.

16Come and hear, all who fear God [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],

And I will tell what He has done for me.

17I cried aloud to Him;

He was highly praised with my tongue.

18If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it],

The Lord will not hear [me];

19But certainly God has heard [me];

He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.

20Blessed be God,

Who has not turned away my prayer

Nor His lovingkindness from me.

[a] 11 Lit upon our loins.
[b] 12 The ancient rabbis understood this as times of captivity for Israel.

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