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Psalm 147 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

147 Praise the Lord because he is good.
    Sing praises to our God.
    It is good and pleasant to praise him.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem.
    He brings back the Israelites who were taken as prisoners.
He heals their broken hearts
    and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
    and knows each of them by name.
Our Lord is great and powerful.
    There is no limit to what he knows.
The Lord supports the humble,
    but he shames the wicked.
Give thanks to the Lord.
    Praise our God with harps.
He fills the sky with clouds.
    He sends rain to the earth.
    He makes the grass grow on the mountains.
He gives food to the animals.
    He feeds the young birds that cry out.
10 War horses and powerful soldiers
    are not what he cares about.
11 The Lord enjoys people who worship him
    and trust in his faithful love.
12 Jerusalem, praise the Lord!
    Zion, praise your God!
13 He makes your gates strong,
    and he blesses the people in your city.
14 He brought peace to your country,
    so you have plenty of grain for food.
15 He gives a command to the earth,
    and it quickly obeys.
16 He makes the snow fall until the ground is as white as wool.
    He makes sleet blow through the air like dust.
17 He makes hail fall like rocks from the sky.
    No one can stand the cold he sends.
18 Then he gives another command, and warm air begins to blow.
    The ice melts, and water begins to flow.

19 He gave his commands to Jacob.
    He gave his laws and rules to Israel.
20 He did not do this for any other nation.
    He did not teach his laws to other people.

Praise the Lord!

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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Psalm 147 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.[a]

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

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

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

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

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

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.[b]

Praise the Lord.


  1. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
  2. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them
New International Version (NIV)

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