146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live!
I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!
3 Do not trust in princes,
or in human beings, who cannot deliver! 2
4 Their life’s breath departs, they return to the ground;
on that day their plans die. 3
5 How blessed is the one whose helper is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 the one who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who remains forever faithful, 4
7 vindicates the oppressed, 5
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord releases the imprisoned.
8 The Lord gives sight to the blind.
The Lord lifts up all who are bent over. 6
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects those residing outside their native land;
he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, 7
but he opposes the wicked. 8
10 The Lord rules forever,
your God, O Zion, throughout the generations to come! 9
Praise the Lord!
147 Praise the Lord,
for it is good to sing praises to our God!
Yes, 2 praise is pleasant and appropriate!
2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, 3
and gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals 4 the brokenhearted,
and bandages their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars;
he names all of them.
5 Our Lord is great and has awesome power; 5
there is no limit to his wisdom. 6
6 The Lord lifts up the oppressed,
but knocks 7 the wicked to the ground.
7 Offer to the Lord a song of thanks! 8
Sing praises to our God to the accompaniment of a harp!
8 He covers 9 the sky with clouds,
provides the earth with rain,
and causes grass to grow on the hillsides. 10
9 He gives food to the animals,
and to the young ravens when they chirp. 11
10 He is not enamored with the strength of a horse,
nor is he impressed by the warrior’s strong legs. 12
11 The Lord takes delight in his faithful followers, 13
and in those who wait for his loyal love.
12 Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he makes the bars of your gates strong.
He blesses your children 14 within you.
14 He 15 brings peace to your territory. 16
He abundantly provides for you 17 the best grain.
15 He 18 sends his command through the earth; 19
swiftly his order reaches its destination. 20
16 He sends the snow that is white like wool;
he spreads the frost that is white like ashes. 21
17 He throws his hailstones 22 like crumbs.
Who can withstand the cold wind he sends? 23
18 He then orders it all to melt; 24
he breathes on it, 25 and the water flows.
19 He proclaims his word to Jacob,
his statutes and regulations to Israel.
20 He has not done so with any other nation;
they are not aware of his regulations.
Praise the Lord!
148 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the sky!
Praise him in the heavens!
2 Praise him, all his angels! 2
Praise him, all his heavenly assembly! 3
3 Praise him, O sun and moon!
Praise him, all you shiny stars! 4
4 Praise him, O highest heaven,
and you waters above the sky! 5
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he gave the command and they came into existence.
6 He established them so they would endure; 6
he issued a decree that will not be revoked. 7
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea creatures and all you ocean depths,
8 O fire and hail, snow and clouds, 8
O stormy wind that carries out his orders, 9
9 you mountains and all you hills,
you fruit trees and all you cedars,
10 you animals and all you cattle,
you creeping things and birds,
11 you kings of the earth and all you nations,
you princes and all you leaders 10 on the earth,
12 you young men and young women,
you elderly, along with you children!
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty extends over the earth and sky.
14 He has made his people victorious, 11
and given all his loyal followers reason to praise –
the Israelites, the people who are close to him. 12
Praise the Lord!