Psalm 116

1 I love Jehovah, because he heareth
My voice and my supplications.
2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me,
Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

1-11. Song in praise of the Father by the Lord, that He gave help in grievous temptations. P. P.

3 The cords of death compassed me,
And the pains of Sheol gat hold upon me:
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then called I upon the name of Jehovah:
Jehovah, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5 Gracious is Jehovah, and righteous;
Yea, our God is merciful.
6 Jehovah preserveth the simple:
I was brought low, and he saved me.
7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul;
For Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
Mine eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before Jehovah
In the land of the living.
10 I believe, for I will speak
I was greatly afflicted:
11 I said in my haste,
All men are liars.

3 See Psalm xviii. 5, 6. R. 321.
See Psalm xviii. 5, 6. R. 870.

12 What shall I render unto Jehovah
For all his benefits toward me ?
13 I will take the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of Jehovah.
14 I will pay my vows unto Jehovah,
Yea, in the presence of all his people.

12, 13. By taking the cup of salvation is signified the appropriation of the goods of faith. A. 5120.
See Psalm xi. 6. R. 672.
12-19. Thus the Divine will be worshipped in the Lord. P. P.
13, See Psalm xxiii. 5. E. 960.

15 Precious in the sight of Jehovah
Is the death of his saints.
16 O Jehovah, truly I am thy servant:
I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid;
Thou hast loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And I will call upon the name of Jehovah.
18 I will pay my vows unto Jehovah,
Yea, in the presence of all his people,

14, 19. See Psalm lxv. 5. R. 487.
15 That they who have afflicted their soul, crucified their flesh, and suffered temptations are signified by the dead, is because by these means they have mortified their former life, and thence have become as dead before the world. R. 639.
The death of the saints does not signify damnation, but the separation and removal of the unclean things of their spirit, thus regeneration and resurrection. E. 899.
16 See Psalm xxvii. 9. E. 409.
17 See Psalm xl. 7, 8. A. 2180.
17, 18. See Psalm 1. 14, 23. A. 3880.

19 In the courts of Jehovah’s house,
In the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.
Praise ye Jehovah.

14, 18, 19. By the courts here mentioned is understood heaven, specifically the ultimate heaven and the church. E. 630.
19 See Psalm cv. 45. A. 8267.
See Psalm civ. 35. R. 803.
See Psalm civ. 35. E. 1197.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)