I love, because JEHOVAH doth
My voice and pray'r still hear;
2 And in my days will call on Him,
who bow'd to me his ear.
3 The cords of death on ev'ry side
begirt me fast around:
The pains of hell laid hold on me:
grief and distress I found.
4 Then on JEHOVAH's name I call'd,
and earnestly did cry;
'O LORD! deliver Thou my soul
'in my extremity.'
5 JEHOVAH just and gracious is;
our God most kind also.
6 The LORD the simple keeps, and He
me sav'd when I was low.
7 O now my soul, do thou return
to thy delightful rest,
Because the LORD hath bounteously
Himself to the express'd.
8 Because Thou hast my soul from death
now set at liberty:
Mine eyes from tears, my sliding feet
from falling hath set free.
9 Therefore I'll walk before the LORD,
in his appointed ways,
While in the land of living ones
He lengthens out my days.
10 I did believe, and therefore spake,
I great affliction bear;
11 Then in distress and haste I said,
that all men liars are.
12 But O JEHOVAH! what returns
shall I now make to Thee?
For all the many benefits,
Thou hast bestow'd on me.
13 I'll take the cup of saving health
and on the LORD's name call.
14 I'll pay the LORD my vows, yea now,
before his people all.
15 In presence of JEHOVAH is
esteem'd exceeding dear
The death of ev'ry one of those
his gracious saints who are.
16 I verily thy servant am,
thy servant LORD, am I,
I of thy handmaid am the son,
my bands Thou didst untie.
17 The sacrifice of thankfulness,
I'll offer up to Thee;
And I upon JEHOVAH's name
will call continually.
18 The vows which in distress I made,
I to the LORD will pay,
In presence of his people all,
without the least delay.
19 Within Jehovah's courts therefore
I gladly pay my vow,
In midst of thee Jerusalem!
sing HALLELUJAH, now!