Passage: Psalms 115, 116 (RSV)

Psalms 115

1Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to thy name give glory, for the sake of thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness!
2Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
3Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.
4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
6They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
7They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.
9O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
10O house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
11You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
12The LORD has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13he will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great.
14May the LORD give you increase, you and your children!
15May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
16The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.
17The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any that go down into silence.
18But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 116

1I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I beseech thee, save my life!"
5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8For thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
9I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10I kept my faith, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted";
11I said in my consternation, "Men are all a vain hope."
12What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
14I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
15Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
16O LORD, I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds.
17I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
18I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

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