1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; ¶ he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me, ¶ the anguish of the grave came over me; ¶ I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "LORD, save me!"
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; ¶ our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul, ¶ for the LORD has been good to you.
8 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, ¶ my eyes from tears, ¶ my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10 I trusted in the LORD when I said, ¶ "I am greatly afflicted";
11 in my alarm I said, "Everyone is a liar."
12 What shall I return to the LORD ¶ for all his goodness to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation ¶ and call on the name of the LORD.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD ¶ is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; ¶ you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you ¶ and call on the name of the LORD.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD — in your midst, Jerusalem. ¶ Praise the LORD. [^1]