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Psalm 146-150Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 146

The God of Compassion

Hallelujah!
My soul, praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing to my God as long as I live.

Do not trust in nobles,
in man, who cannot save.
When his breath[a] leaves him,
he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans die.

Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them.
He remains faithful forever,
executing justice for the exploited
and giving food to the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.[b]
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects foreigners
and helps the fatherless and the widow,
but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever;
Zion, your God reigns for all generations.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 147

God Restores Jerusalem

Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing to our God,
for praise is pleasant and lovely.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
He gathers Israel’s exiled people.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.
Our Lord is great, vast in power;
His understanding is infinite.[c]
The Lord helps the afflicted
but brings the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
play the lyre to our God,
who covers the sky with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
and causes grass to grow on the hills.
He provides the animals with their food,
and the young ravens, what they cry for.

10 He is not impressed by the strength of a horse;
He does not value the power[d] of a man.
11 The Lord values those who fear Him,
those who put their hope in His faithful love.

12 Exalt the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion!
13 For He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your children within you.
14 He endows your territory with prosperity;[e]
He satisfies you with the finest wheat.

15 He sends His command throughout the earth;
His word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads snow like wool;
He scatters frost like ashes;
17 He throws His hailstones like crumbs.
Who can withstand His cold?
18 He sends His word and melts them;
He unleashes His winds,[f] and the waters flow.

19 He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and judgments to Israel.
20 He has not done this for any nation;
they do not know[g] His judgments.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 148

Creation’s Praise of the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights.
Praise Him, all His angels;
praise Him, all His hosts.
Praise Him, sun and moon;
praise Him, all you shining stars.
Praise Him, highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of Yahweh,
for He commanded, and they were created.
He set them in position forever and ever;
He gave an order that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
all sea monsters and ocean depths,
lightning[h] and hail, snow and cloud,
powerful wind that executes His command,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
creatures that crawl and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all judges of the earth,
12 young men as well as young women,
old and young together.
13 Let them praise the name of Yahweh,
for His name alone is exalted.
His majesty covers heaven and earth.
14 He has raised up a horn for His people,
resulting in praise to all His godly ones,
to the Israelites, the people close to Him.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 149

Praise for God’s Triumph

Hallelujah!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
His praise in the assembly of the godly.
Let Israel celebrate its Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing
and make music to Him with tambourine and lyre.
For Yahweh takes pleasure in His people;
He adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly celebrate in triumphal glory;
let them shout for joy on their beds.

Let the exaltation of God be in their mouths[i]
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
inflicting vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
binding their kings with chains
and their dignitaries with iron shackles,
carrying out the judgment decreed against them.
This honor is for all His godly people.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise God in His sanctuary.
Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His powerful acts;
praise Him for His abundant greatness.

Praise Him with trumpet blast;
praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with tambourine and dance;
praise Him with flute and strings.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals;
praise Him with clashing cymbals.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 146:4 Or spirit
  2. Psalm 146:8 Lit bowed down
  3. Psalm 147:5 Lit understanding has no number
  4. Psalm 147:10 Lit legs
  5. Psalm 147:14 Or peace
  6. Psalm 147:18 Or breath
  7. Psalm 147:20 DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg read He has not made known to them
  8. Psalm 148:8 Or fire
  9. Psalm 149:6 Lit throat

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