Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.[a]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant(A) and fitting to praise him!(B)

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;(C)
    he gathers the exiles(D) of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted(E)
    and binds up their wounds.(F)
He determines the number of the stars(G)
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord(H) and mighty in power;(I)
    his understanding has no limit.(J)
The Lord sustains the humble(K)
    but casts the wicked(L) to the ground.

Sing to the Lord(M) with grateful praise;(N)
    make music(O) to our God on the harp.(P)

He covers the sky with clouds;(Q)
    he supplies the earth with rain(R)
    and makes grass grow(S) on the hills.
He provides food(T) for the cattle
    and for the young ravens(U) when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength(V) of the horse,(W)
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights(X) in those who fear him,(Y)
    who put their hope(Z) in his unfailing love.(AA)

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;(AB)
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates(AC)
    and blesses your people(AD) within you.
14 He grants peace(AE) to your borders
    and satisfies you(AF) with the finest of wheat.(AG)

15 He sends his command(AH) to the earth;
    his word runs(AI) swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow(AJ) like wool
    and scatters the frost(AK) like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail(AL) like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word(AM) and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes,(AN) and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word(AO) to Jacob,(AP)
    his laws and decrees(AQ) to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;(AR)
    they do not know(AS) his laws.[b]

Praise the Lord.(AT)

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.[c](AU)

Praise the Lord from the heavens;(AV)
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;(AW)
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.(AX)
Praise him, sun(AY) and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens(AZ)
    and you waters above the skies.(BA)

Let them praise the name(BB) of the Lord,
    for at his command(BC) they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree(BD) that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord(BE) from the earth,
    you great sea creatures(BF) and all ocean depths,(BG)
lightning and hail,(BH) snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,(BI)
you mountains and all hills,(BJ)
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals(BK) and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings(BL) of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,(BM)
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor(BN) is above the earth and the heavens.(BO)
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[d](BP)
    the praise(BQ) of all his faithful servants,(BR)
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.(BS)

Praise the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
  2. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them
  3. Psalm 148:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 14
  4. Psalm 148:14 Horn here symbolizes strength.