Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord, 2 you who stand in the Lord’s ·Temple [L house] and in the ·Temple courtyards [L courtyards of the house of our God]. 3 Praise the Lord, because the Lord is good; ·sing praises [make a psalm] to him, because it is pleasant.
4 The Lord has chosen the people of Jacob for himself; he has chosen the people of Israel ·for his very own [as his special possession/treasure; Ex. 19:5–6; Deut. 7:6; 14:2; Mal. 3:17]. 5 I know that the Lord is great. Our Lord is greater than all the gods. 6 The Lord does what he pleases, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and the deep oceans. 7 He brings the clouds from the ends of the earth. He ·sends [L makes] the lightning with the rain. He brings out the wind from his storehouses [Job 38:22–23].
8 He ·destroyed [L struck] the firstborn sons in Egypt the firstborn of both people and animals [Ex. 12]. 9 He ·did [L sent] many signs and ·miracles [wonders] in Egypt against ·the king [L Pharaoh] and all his servants [L the plagues; Ex. 7–12]. 10 He ·defeated [L struck] many nations and killed ·powerful [strong] kings: 11 Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan [Num. 21:21–35], and all the kings of Canaan [Num. 21:1–3; Josh. 1–12]. 12 Then he gave their land as a ·gift [L inheritance], a ·gift [L inheritance] to his people, the Israelites [Josh. 13–24].
13 Lord, your name is everlasting; Lord, you will be remembered forever. 14 The Lord ·defends [vindicates] his people and ·has mercy on [shows grace to] his servants.
15 The idols of other nations are made of silver and gold, the work of human hands. 16 They have mouths, but they cannot speak. They have eyes, but they cannot see. 17 They have ears, but they cannot hear. They have no breath in their mouths. 18 People who make idols will be like them, and so will those who ·trust [have confidence in] them [115:4–8; Is. 44:9–20; 46:6–7; Jer. 10:1–9; Hab. 2:18–19].
19 ·Family [L House] of Israel, ·praise [bless] the Lord. ·Family [L House] of Aaron [C the priests], ·praise [bless] the Lord. 20 ·Family [L House] of Levi [C assistants to the priests], ·praise [bless] the Lord. You who ·respect [fear] the Lord[Prov. 1:7] should ·praise [bless] him. 21 You ·people of [L who live in] Jerusalem, ·praise [bless] the Lord on Mount Zion [C the location of the Temple]. Praise the Lord!
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