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Psalm 135

Israel, Praise the Lord


Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the name of the Lord.
Praise him, you servants of the Lord,
    who stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courtyards of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord,[b] for the Lord is good.
Make music to his name, for it is pleasant.
Yes, the Lord chose Jacob for himself.
He chose Israel as his special treasure.

The Superiority of the Lord

Yes, I know that the Lord is great.
Our Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever he pleases
    in the heavens and on the earth,
    in the seas and in all the depths.
He makes clouds rise from the end of the earth.
He sends lightning for the rainstorm.
He releases the wind from his storehouses.
He is the one who struck down
    the firstborn of Egypt, both men and animals.
Egypt! He sent warning signs into your midst,
    against Pharaoh and against all his officials.
10 He is the one who struck down many nations.
He killed mighty kings—
11     Sihon king of the Amorites,
    and Og king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
12 He gave their land as a possession,
a possession to Israel, his people.
13 Lord, your name stands forever.
Lord, your reputation remains through all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge in favor of his people.
He will have pity on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
16 They have a mouth, but they cannot speak.
They have eyes, but they cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear.
There is not even any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them.
So will all who trust in them.


19 House of Israel, bless the Lord.
House of Aaron, bless the Lord.
20 House of Levi, bless the Lord.
You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
21 The Lord, who dwells in Jerusalem, will be blessed from Zion.
Praise the Lord.


  1. Psalm 135:1 Hebrew hallelu Yah
  2. Psalm 135:3 The short form of the divine name, Yah, is used rather than the full form, Yahweh, which is traditionally translated Lord. Also in verse 4.