104 Praise the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are magnificent. 2
You are robed in splendor and majesty.
2 He covers himself with light as if it were a garment.
He stretches out the skies like a tent curtain,
3 and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds. 3
He makes the clouds his chariot,
and travels along on the wings of the wind. 4
4 He makes the winds his messengers,
and the flaming fire his attendant. 5
5 He established the earth on its foundations;
it will never be upended.
6 The watery deep covered it 6 like a garment;
the waters reached 7 above the mountains. 8
7 Your shout made the waters retreat;
at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –
8 as the mountains rose up,
and the valleys went down –
to the place you appointed for them. 9
9 You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,
so that they would not cover the earth again. 10
10 He turns springs into streams; 11
they flow between the mountains.
11 They provide water for all the animals in the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky live beside them;
they chirp among the bushes. 12
13 He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace; 13
the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow. 14
14 He provides grass 15 for the cattle,
and crops for people to cultivate, 16
so they can produce food from the ground, 17
15 as well as wine that makes people feel so good, 18
and so they can have oil to make their faces shine, 19
as well as food that sustains people’s lives. 20
16 The trees of the Lord 21 receive all the rain they need, 22
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
17 where the birds make nests,
near the evergreens in which the herons live. 23
18 The wild goats live in the high mountains; 24
the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.
19 He made the moon to mark the months, 25
and the sun sets according to a regular schedule. 26
20 You make it dark and night comes, 27
during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.
21 The lions roar for prey,
seeking their food from God. 28
22 When the sun rises, they withdraw
and sleep 29 in their dens.
23 Men then go out to do their work,
and labor away until evening. 30
24 How many living things you have made, O Lord! 31
You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; 32
the earth is full of the living things you have made.
25 Over here is the deep, wide sea, 33
which teems with innumerable swimming creatures, 34
living things both small and large.
26 The ships travel there,
and over here swims the whale 35 you made to play in it.
27 All of your creatures 36 wait for you
to provide them with food on a regular basis. 37
28 You give food to them and they receive it;
you open your hand and they are filled with food. 38
29 When you ignore them, they panic. 39
When you take away their life’s breath, they die
and return to dust.
30 When you send your life-giving breath, they are created,
and you replenish the surface of the ground.
31 May the splendor of the Lord endure! 40
May the Lord find pleasure in the living things he has made! 41
32 He looks down on the earth and it shakes;
he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I exist! 42
34 May my thoughts 43 be pleasing to him!
I will rejoice in the Lord.
35 May sinners disappear 44 from the earth,
and the wicked vanish!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!
105 Give thanks to the Lord!
Call on his name!
Make known his accomplishments among the nations!
2 Sing to him!
Make music to him!
Tell about all his miraculous deeds!
3 Boast about his holy name!
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!
Seek his presence continually!
5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,
his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, 2
6 O children 3 of Abraham, 4 God’s 5 servant,
you descendants 6 of Jacob, God’s 7 chosen ones!
7 He is the Lord our God;
he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 8
8 He always remembers his covenantal decree,
the promise he made 9 to a thousand generations –
9 the promise 10 he made to Abraham,
the promise he made by oath to Isaac!
10 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as a lasting promise, 11
11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion of your inheritance.”
12 When they were few in number,
just a very few, and resident aliens within it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
and from one kingdom to another. 12
14 He let no one oppress them;
he disciplined kings for their sake,
15 saying, 13 “Don’t touch my chosen 14 ones!
Don’t harm my prophets!”
16 He called down a famine upon the earth;
he cut off all the food supply. 15
17 He sent a man ahead of them 16 –
Joseph was sold as a servant.
18 The shackles hurt his feet; 17
his neck was placed in an iron collar, 18
19 until the time when his prediction 19 came true.
The Lord’s word 20 proved him right. 21
20 The king authorized his release; 22
the ruler of nations set him free.
21 He put him in charge of his palace, 23
and made him manager of all his property,
22 giving him authority to imprison his officials 24
and to teach his advisers. 25
23 Israel moved to 26 Egypt;
Jacob lived for a time 27 in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord 28 made his people very fruitful,
and made them 29 more numerous than their 30 enemies.
25 He caused them 31 to hate his people,
and to mistreat 32 his servants.
26 He sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They executed his miraculous signs among them, 33
and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.
28 He made it dark; 34
they did not disobey his orders. 35
29 He turned their water into blood,
and killed their fish.
30 Their land was overrun by frogs,
which even got into the rooms of their kings.
31 He ordered flies to come; 36
gnats invaded their whole territory.
32 He sent hail along with the rain; 37
there was lightning in their land. 38
33 He destroyed their vines and fig trees,
and broke the trees throughout their territory.
34 He ordered locusts to come, 39
35 They ate all the vegetation in their land,
and devoured the crops of their fields. 40
36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the firstfruits of their reproductive power. 41
37 He brought his people 42 out enriched 43 with silver and gold;
none of his tribes stumbled.
38 Egypt was happy when they left,
for they were afraid of them. 44
39 He spread out a cloud for a cover, 45
and provided a fire to light up the night.
40 They asked for food, 46 and he sent quails;
he satisfied them with food from the sky. 47
41 He opened up a rock and water flowed out;
a river ran through dry regions.
42 Yes, 48 he remembered the sacred promise 49
he made to Abraham his servant.
43 When he led his people out, they rejoiced;
his chosen ones shouted with joy. 50
44 He handed the territory of nations over to them,
and they took possession of what other peoples had produced, 51
45 so that they might keep his commands
and obey 52 his laws.
Praise the Lord!
106 Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his loyal love endures! 2
2 Who can adequately recount the Lord’s mighty acts,
or relate all his praiseworthy deeds? 3
3 How blessed are those who promote justice,
and do what is right all the time!
4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people!
Pay attention to me, when you deliver,
5 so I may see the prosperity 4 of your chosen ones,
rejoice along with your nation, 5
and boast along with the people who belong to you. 6
6 We have sinned like 7 our ancestors; 8
we have done wrong, we have done evil.
7 Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds,
they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love,
and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea. 9
8 Yet he delivered them for the sake of his reputation, 10
that he might reveal his power.
9 He shouted at 11 the Red Sea and it dried up;
he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.
10 He delivered them from the power 12 of the one who hated them,
and rescued 13 them from the power 14 of the enemy.
11 The water covered their enemies;
not even one of them survived. 15
12 They believed his promises; 16
they sang praises to him.
13 They quickly forgot what he had done; 17
they did not wait for his instructions. 18
14 In the wilderness they had an insatiable craving 19 for meat; 20
they challenged God 21 in the desert.
15 He granted their request,
then struck them with a disease. 22
16 In the camp they resented 23 Moses,
and Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest. 24
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it engulfed 25 the group led by Abiram. 26
18 Fire burned their group;
the flames scorched the wicked. 27
19 They made an image of a calf at Horeb,
and worshiped a metal idol.
20 They traded their majestic God 28
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They rejected 29 the God who delivered them,
the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,
22 amazing feats in the land of Ham,
mighty 30 acts by the Red Sea.
23 He threatened 31 to destroy them,
but 32 Moses, his chosen one, interceded with him 33
and turned back his destructive anger. 34
24 They rejected the fruitful land; 35
they did not believe his promise. 36
25 They grumbled in their tents; 37
they did not obey 38 the Lord.
26 So he made a solemn vow 39
that he would make them die 40 in the desert,
27 make their descendants 41 die 42 among the nations,
and scatter them among foreign lands. 43
28 They worshiped 44 Baal of Peor,
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 45
29 They made the Lord angry 46 by their actions,
and a plague broke out among them.
30 Phinehas took a stand and intervened, 47
and the plague subsided.
31 This brought him a reward,
an eternal gift. 48
32 They made him angry by the waters of Meribah,
and Moses suffered 49 because of them,
33 for they aroused 50 his temper, 51
and he spoke rashly. 52
34 They did not destroy the nations, 53
as the Lord had commanded them to do.
35 They mixed in with the nations
and learned their ways. 54
36 They worshiped 55 their idols,
which became a snare to them. 56
37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 57
38 They shed innocent blood –
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
The land was polluted by bloodshed. 58
39 They were defiled by their deeds,
and unfaithful in their actions. 59
40 So the Lord was angry with his people 60
and despised the people who belong to him. 61
41 He handed them over to 62 the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them;
they were subject to their authority. 63
43 Many times he delivered 64 them,
but they had a rebellious attitude, 65
and degraded themselves 66 by their sin.
44 Yet he took notice of their distress,
when he heard their cry for help.
45 He remembered his covenant with them,
and relented 67 because of his great loyal love.
46 He caused all their conquerors 68
to have pity on them.
47 Deliver us, O Lord, our God!
Gather us from among the nations!
Then we will give thanks 69 to your holy name,
and boast about your praiseworthy deeds. 70
48 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise, 71
in the future and forevermore. 72
Let all the people say, “We agree! 73 Praise the Lord!” 74