Psalm 146-147

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord.[a] Praise the Lord,(A) my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life;(B)
    I will sing praise(C) to my God as long as I live.(D)
3 Do not put your trust in princes,(E)
    in human beings,(F) who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;(G)
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.(H)
5 Blessed are those(I) whose help(J) is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6 He is the Maker of heaven(K) and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful(L) forever.
7 He upholds(M) the cause of the oppressed(N)
    and gives food to the hungry.(O)
The Lord sets prisoners free,(P)
8     the Lord gives sight(Q) to the blind,(R)
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,(S)
    the Lord loves the righteous.(T)
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner(U)
    and sustains the fatherless(V) and the widow,(W)
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns(X) forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord.[b]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant(Y) and fitting to praise him!(Z)

2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;(AA)
    he gathers the exiles(AB) of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted(AC)
    and binds up their wounds.(AD)
4 He determines the number of the stars(AE)
    and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord(AF) and mighty in power;(AG)
    his understanding has no limit.(AH)
6 The Lord sustains the humble(AI)
    but casts the wicked(AJ) to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord(AK) with grateful praise;(AL)
    make music(AM) to our God on the harp.(AN)

8 He covers the sky with clouds;(AO)
    he supplies the earth with rain(AP)
    and makes grass grow(AQ) on the hills.
9 He provides food(AR) for the cattle
    and for the young ravens(AS) when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength(AT) of the horse,(AU)
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights(AV) in those who fear him,(AW)
    who put their hope(AX) in his unfailing love.(AY)

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;(AZ)
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates(BA)
    and blesses your people(BB) within you.
14 He grants peace(BC) to your borders
    and satisfies you(BD) with the finest of wheat.(BE)

15 He sends his command(BF) to the earth;
    his word runs(BG) swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow(BH) like wool
    and scatters the frost(BI) like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail(BJ) like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word(BK) and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes,(BL) and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word(BM) to Jacob,(BN)
    his laws and decrees(BO) to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;(BP)
    they do not know(BQ) his laws.[c]

Praise the Lord.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 146:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 10
  2. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
  3. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to the