My ·whole being [soul; life], praise the Lord. 2 I will praise the Lord ·all [L with] my life; I will ·sing praises [make a psalm] to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your ·trust [confidence] in princes or other people, who cannot ·save you [give you victory; 118:8–9]. 4 ·When people die [L Their spirit goes out], they ·are buried [L return to the ground]. ·Then all of [L On that day] their plans ·come to an end [perish]. 5 ·Happy [Blessed] are those who are helped by the God of Jacob [C another name for Israel]. Their hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in it [Gen. 1]. He ·remains [keeps; observes; guards] ·loyal [faithfulness; truth] forever. 7 He does ·what is fair [justice] for those who have been ·wronged [oppressed; exploited]. He gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free. 8 The Lord ·gives sight to [opens the eyes of] the blind. The Lord lifts up people who are ·in trouble [bowed down; 145:14]. The Lord loves ·those who do right [the righteous]. 9 The Lord ·protects [guards] the ·foreigners [sojourners]. He ·defends [supports] the orphans and widows [C the socially vulnerable], but he ·blocks [frustrates] the way of the wicked.
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