112 Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the one 1 who obeys 2 the Lord,
who takes great delight in keeping his commands. 3
2 His descendants 4 will be powerful on the earth;
the godly 5 will be blessed.
3 His house contains wealth and riches;
his integrity endures. 6
4 In the darkness a light 7 shines for the godly,
for each one who is merciful, compassionate, and just. 8
5 It goes well for the one 9 who generously lends money,
and conducts his business honestly. 10
6 For he will never be upended;
others will always remember one who is just. 11
7 He does not fear bad news.
He 12 is confident; he trusts 13 in the Lord.
8 His resolve 14 is firm; he will not succumb to fear
before he looks in triumph on his enemies.
9 He generously gives 15 to the needy;
his integrity endures. 16
He will be vindicated and honored. 17
10 When the wicked 18 see this, they will worry;
they will grind their teeth in frustration 19 and melt away;
the desire of the wicked will perish. 20
113 Praise the Lord!
Praise, you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
2 May the Lord’s name be praised
now and forevermore!
3 From east to west 1
the Lord’s name is deserving of praise.
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations;
his splendor reaches beyond the sky. 2
5 Who can compare to the Lord our God,
who sits on a high throne? 3
6 He bends down to look 4
at the sky and the earth.
7 He raises the poor from the dirt,
and lifts up the needy from the garbage pile, 5
8 that he might seat him with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He makes the barren woman of the family 6
a happy mother of children. 7
Praise the Lord!
114 When Israel left Egypt,
when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind, 1
2 Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his kingdom.
3 The sea looked and fled; 2
the Jordan River 3 turned back. 4
4 The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs. 5
5 Why do you flee, O sea?
Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?
6 Why do you skip like rams, O mountains,
like lambs, O hills?
7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord –
before the God of Jacob,
8 who turned a rock into a pool of water,
a hard rock into springs of water! 6