It is good to ·sing praises [make a psalm] to our God; it is pleasant and ·good [L fitting] to praise him. 2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem [51:18; 102:16; Is. 64:8–12]; he ·brings back [gathers; assembles] the ·captured [scattered; dispersed] Israelites [C perhaps a reference to those who returned after the Babylonian exile; Deut. 30:1–4; Is. 11:12]. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and ·bandages [binds up] their wounds.
4 He ·counts [L measures the number of] the stars and ·names [L assigns names to] each one [Is. 40:26]. 5 Our Lord is great and very powerful. There is no limit to ·what he knows [L his understanding]. 6 The Lord ·defends [supports] the ·humble [needy], but he throws the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing ·praises [thanksgiving] to the Lord; ·praise [make a psalm to] our God with harps. 8 He ·fills [covers] the ·sky [heavens] with clouds and ·sends [sets; establishes] rain to the earth and makes grass ·grow [sprout] on the ·hills [mountains]. 9 He gives food to cattle and to the ·little birds [L young ravens] that call.
10 He ·is not impressed with [does not delight in] the strength of a horse, nor does he take pleasure in ·human might [L the thighs of a person]. 11 The Lord ·is pleased with [takes pleasure in] those who ·respect [fear] him [Prov. 1:7], with those who ·trust [wait for; hope in] his ·love [loyalty].
12 Jerusalem, ·praise [celebrate] the Lord; ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple], praise your God. 13 He ·makes your city gates strong [L strengthens the bars of your gates] and blesses your children ·inside [L within you]. 14 He ·brings [sets] peace to your ·country [L boundaries] and ·fills [satisfies; satiates] you with the finest ·grain [wheat].
15 He ·gives a command [L sends forth his word] to the earth, and ·it quickly obeys him [L his word quickly runs]. 16 He ·spreads [L gives] the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. 17 He throws down hail like ·rocks [L morsels; bits; pieces]. No one can stand ·the cold he sends [L before his cold]. 18 Then he ·gives a command [L sends forth his word], and it melts. He sends the breezes, and the waters flow.
19 He ·gave [announced] his word to Jacob [C another name for Israel], his laws [statutes; requirements; ordinances] and ·demands [judgments] to Israel [Ex. 19–24]. 20 He didn’t do this for ·any other [L all the] nation. They don’t know his ·laws [judgments].
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