Praise the Lord from the ·skies [heavens]. Praise him ·high above the earth [in the heights]. 2 Praise him, all you ·angels [messengers]. Praise him, all ·you armies of heaven [his hosts; C the angelic army]. 3 Praise him, sun and moon. Praise him, all you ·shining stars [L stars of light]. 4 Praise him, ·highest heavens [L heaven of heavens] and you waters above the ·sky [heavens]. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, because ·they were created by his command [L he commands and they were created; Gen. 1]. 6 He ·put them in place [L made them stand] forever and ever; he made a ·law [statute; requirement; ordinance] that will never ·change [pass].
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you large sea ·animals [monsters; C like Leviathan; 74:12–17; 104:26; Gen. 1:21; Job 3:8; 41; Is. 27:1] and all the ·oceans [deeps], 8 ·lightning [L fire] and hail, snow and ·mist [cloud; or smoke], and stormy winds that ·obey him [L do his word], 9 mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, crawling animals and birds, 11 kings of the earth and all ·nations [peoples], princes and all ·rulers [judges] of the earth, 12 young men and women, old people and ·children [youth].
13 Praise the name of the Lord, because ·he [L his name] alone is ·great [exalted]. ·He is more wonderful than [L His splendor is over] heaven and earth. 14 God has ·given his people a king [exalted/raised a horn over his people; C an animal’s horn symbolizes power]. He should be praised by all ·who belong to him [his saints/loyal ones]; he should be praised by the ·Israelites [L sons/T children of Israel], the people ·closest to his heart [L nearest to him].
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