Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord,(A) my soul.

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

He is the Maker of heaven(K) and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful(L) forever.
He upholds(M) the cause of the oppressed(N)
    and gives food to the hungry.(O)
The Lord sets prisoners free,(P)
    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)
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.


  1. Psalm 146:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 10

27 See, the Name(A) of the Lord comes from afar,
    with burning anger(B) and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,(C)
    and his tongue is a consuming fire.(D)
28 His breath(E) is like a rushing torrent,(F)
    rising up to the neck.(G)
He shakes the nations in the sieve(H) of destruction;
    he places in the jaws of the peoples
    a bit(I) that leads them astray.
29 And you will sing
    as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;(J)
your hearts will rejoice(K)
    as when people playing pipes(L) go up
to the mountain(M) of the Lord,
    to the Rock(N) of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice(O)
    and will make them see his arm(P) coming down
with raging anger(Q) and consuming fire,(R)
    with cloudburst, thunderstorm(S) and hail.(T)
31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;(U)
    with his rod he will strike(V) them down.
32 Every stroke the Lord lays on them
    with his punishing club(W)
will be to the music of timbrels(X) and harps,
    as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.(Y)
33 Topheth(Z) has long been prepared;
    it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
    with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath(AA) of the Lord,
    like a stream of burning sulfur,(AB)
    sets it ablaze.(AC)

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God’s Righteous Judgment

You, therefore, have no excuse,(A) you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.(B) Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches(C) of his kindness,(D) forbearance(E) and patience,(F) not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?(G)

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath(H), when his righteous judgment(I) will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a](J) To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor(K) and immortality,(L) he will give eternal life.(M) But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil,(N) there will be wrath and anger.(O) There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:(P) first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;(Q) 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.(R) 11 For God does not show favoritism.(S)

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  1. Romans 2:6 Psalm 62:12; Prov. 24:12

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