New American Standard Bible
16 The heavens are (A)the heavens of the Lord,
But (B)the earth He has given to the sons of mankind.
17 The (C)dead do not praise [a]the Lord,
Nor do any who go down into (D)silence;
18 But as for us, we will (E)bless [b]the Lord
From this time and forever.
[c]Praise [d]the Lord!