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Psalm 66 International Standard Version (ISV)

To the Director: A song. A Psalm.

A Song of Praise

66 Shout praise to God all the earth!
Sing praise about the glory of his name.[a]
    Make his praise glorious.
Say to God: “How awesome are your works!
    Because of your great strength
        your enemies cringe before you.”
The whole earth worships you.
    They sing praise to you.
        They sing praise to your name.

Come and see the awesome works of God
    on behalf of human beings:
He turned the sea into dry land.
    Israel[b] crossed the river on foot;
        let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his power forever,
    his eyes watching over the nations.
        Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.

Bless our God, people,
    and let the sound of his praise be heard.
He gives us life
    and does not permit our feet to slip.
10 For you, God, tested us,
    to purify us like fine silver.
11 You have led us into a trap[c]
    and set burdens on our backs.
12 You caused men to ride over us.[d]
    You brought us through fire and water,
        but you led us to abundance.

13 I will come to your house with burnt offerings.
    I will fulfill my vows to you
14 that my lips uttered and that my mouth spoke
    when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fat,
    along with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams.
        I will offer bulls along with goats.

16 Come and listen, all of you who fear God,
    and I will tell you what he did for me.
17 I called aloud to him
    and praised him with my tongue.
18 Were I to cherish iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not listen to me.
19 Surely God has heard,
    and he paid attention to my[e] prayers.
20 Blessed be God, who did not turn away my prayers
    nor his gracious love from me.


  1. Psalm 66:2 I.e. reputation; and so throughout the Psalms
  2. Psalm 66:6 Lit. He
  3. Psalm 66:11 Or net
  4. Psalm 66:12 Lit. over our head
  5. Psalm 66:19 Lit. to the voice of my
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Psalm 66 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”[a]

Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,
    they passed through the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watch the nations—
    let not the rebellious rise up against him.

Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
    and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
    when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
    and an offering of rams;
    I will offer bulls and goats.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
    let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!


  1. Psalm 66:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 15.
New International Version (NIV)

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