A Psalm for Easter

Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, 
“His mercy endures for ever.”

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, 
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory 
in the tents of the righteous:

16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! 
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

17 I shall not die, but live, 
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, 
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; 
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 “This is the gate of the Lord; 
he who is righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me 
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected 
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing, 
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; 
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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