120 In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me. 2 Rescue my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, And from a deceitful tongue. 3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?— 4 Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the [b]burning coals of the broom tree.
5 Woe to me, for I sojourn in Meshech, and I live among the tents of Kedar [among hostile people]! 6 Too long my soul has had its dwelling With those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war.
121 I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]— From where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly].
5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life. 8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in [everything that you do] From this time forth and forever.
122 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, 3 Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is firmly joined together; 4 To which the [twelve] tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, [As was decreed as] an ordinance for Israel, To give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5 For there the thrones of judgment were set, The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you [holy city]. 7 “May peace be within your walls And prosperity within your palaces.” 8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God [which is Jerusalem], I will seek your (the city’s) good.
123 Unto you I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, And as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He is gracious and favorable toward us.
3 Be gracious to us, O Lord, be gracious and favorable toward us, For we are greatly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud [who disregard God’s law].
124 “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, 2 “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, 3 Then they would have [quickly] swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters would have engulfed us, The torrent would have swept over our soul; 5 Then the [g]raging waters would have swept over our soul.”
6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The trap is broken and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
125 Those who trust in and rely on the Lord [with confident expectation] Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but remains forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not reach out their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts. 5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways [in unresponsiveness to God], The Lord will lead them away with those who do evil. Peace be upon Israel.
126 When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion (Jerusalem), We were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal]. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad!
4 Restore our [j]captivity, O Lord, As the stream-beds in the South (the Negev) [are restored by torrents of rain]. 5 They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing. 6 He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting], Will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
127 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise early, To retire late, To eat the bread of anxious labors— For He gives [blessings] to His beloved even in his sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord, The fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 How blessed [happy and fortunate] is the man whose quiver is filled with them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies [in gatherings] at the [city] gate.
128 Blessed [happy and sheltered by God’s favor] is everyone who fears the Lord [and worships Him with obedience], Who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments. 2 For you shall eat the fruit of [the labor of] your hands, You will be happy and blessed and it will be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within the innermost part of your house; Your children will be like olive plants Around your table. 4 Behold, for so shall the man be blessed and divinely favored Who fears the Lord [and worships Him with obedience].
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion [His holy mountain], And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life; 6 Indeed, may you see your [family perpetuated in your] children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
129 “Many times they have persecuted me (Israel) from my youth,” Let Israel now say, 2 “Many times they have persecuted me from my youth, Yet they have not prevailed against me. 3 “The [enemies, like] plowers plowed on my back; They made their furrows [of suffering] long [in Israel].” 4 The Lord is righteous; He has cut in two the [thick] cords of the wicked [which enslaved the people of Israel].
5 May all who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned backward [in defeat]. 6 Let them be like the grass on the housetops, Which withers before it grows up, 7 With which the reaper does not fill his hand, Nor the binder of sheaves his arms, 8 Nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; We bless you in the name of the Lord.”
130 Out of the [o]depths [of distress] I have cried to You, O Lord. 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. 3 If You, Lord, should keep an account of our sins and treat us accordingly, O Lord, who could stand [before you in judgment and claim innocence]? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared and worshiped [with submissive wonder].
5 I wait [patiently] for the Lord, my soul [expectantly] waits, And in His word do I hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; More than the watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. 8 And He will redeem Israel From all his sins.
131 Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child [resting] with his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me [composed and freed from discontent]. 3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.
Prayer for the Lord’s Blessing Upon the Sanctuary.
132 O Lord, remember on David’s behalf All his hardship and affliction; 2 How he swore to the Lord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I absolutely will not enter my house, Nor get into my bed— 4 I certainly will not permit my eyes to sleep Nor my eyelids to slumber, 5 Until I find a place for the Lord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob (Israel).”
6 Behold, we heard of it at Ephrathah; We found it in the field of Jaar. 7 Let us go into His tabernacle; Let us worship at His footstool. 8 Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark [the symbol] of Your strength. 9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness (right living), And let Your godly ones shout for joy.
10 For the sake of Your servant David, Do not turn away the face of Your anointed. 11 The Lord swore to David A truth from which He will not turn back: “One of your [r]descendants I will set upon your throne. 12 “If your children will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their children also shall sit upon your throne forever.”
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14 “This is My resting place forever” [says the Lord]; “Here will I dwell, for I have desired it. 15 “I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 “Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will shout aloud for joy. 17 “There I will make the horn (strength) of David grow; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed [fulfilling the promises]. 18 “His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself shall his crown shine.”
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head, Coming down on the beard, Even the beard of Aaron, Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body]. 3 It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon Coming down on the hills of Zion; For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore.
134 Behold, bless and praise the Lord, all servants of the Lord (priests, Levites), Who stand and serve by night in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the Lord. 3 May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.
Praise the Lord’s Wonderful Works. Vanity of Idols.
135 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord (priests, Levites), 2 You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God, 3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is gracious and lovely. 4 For the Lord has chosen [the descendants of] Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own special treasure and possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all deeps— 7 Who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightning for the rain, Who brings the wind from His storehouses;
8 Who struck the firstborn of Egypt, Both of man and animal; 9 Who sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, Upon Pharaoh and all his servants. 10 Who struck many nations And killed mighty kings, 11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan; 12 And He gave their land as a heritage, A heritage to Israel His people. 13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame and remembrance, O Lord, [endures] throughout all generations. 14 For the Lord will judge His people And He will have compassion on His servants [revealing His mercy]. 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. 16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see; 17 They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make idols are like them [absolutely worthless—spiritually blind, deaf, and powerless]; So is everyone who trusts in and relies on them.
19 O house of Israel, bless and praise the Lord [with gratitude]; O house of Aaron, bless the Lord; 20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord; You who fear the Lord [and worship Him with obedience], bless the Lord [with grateful praise]! 21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion, Who dwells [with us] at Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Thanks for the Lord’s Goodness to Israel.
136 [u]Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion) endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness endures forever. 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 6 To Him who stretched out the earth upon the waters, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 7 To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 8 The sun to rule over the day, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 9 The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness endures forever;
10 To Him who struck the firstborn of Egypt, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 11 And brought Israel out from among them, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 12 With a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 13 To Him who divided the [v]Red Sea into parts, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 15 But tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 17 To Him who struck down great kings, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 18 And killed mighty kings, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 20 And Og, king of Bashan, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness endures forever;
23 Who [faithfully] remembered us in our lowly condition, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 24 And has rescued us from our enemies, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness endures forever; 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion) endures forever.
An Experience of the Captivity.
137 By the rivers of Babylon, There we [captives] sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion [the city God imprinted on our hearts]. 2 On the willow trees in the midst of Babylon We hung our harps. 3 For there they who took us captive demanded of us a song with words, And our tormentors [who made a mockery of us demanded] amusement, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4 How can we sing the Lord’s song In a strange and foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [her skill with the harp]. 6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not prefer Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom, The day of [the fall of] Jerusalem, Who said “Down, down [with her] To her very foundation.” 8 O daughter of Babylon, you devastator, How blessed will be the one Who repays you [with destruction] as you have repaid us. 9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Favor.
A Psalm of David.
138 I will give You thanks with all my heart; I sing praises to You before the [pagan] gods. 2 I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word together with Your name. 3 On the day I called, You answered me; And You made me bold and confident with [renewed] strength in my life.
4 All the kings of the land will give thanks and praise You, O Lord, When they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled]. 5 Yes, they will sing of the ways of the Lord [joyfully celebrating His wonderful acts], For great is the glory and majesty of the Lord. 6 Though the Lord is exalted, He regards the lowly [and invites them into His fellowship]; But the proud and haughty He knows from a distance.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me; Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever— Do not abandon the works of Your own hands.
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do]; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken], Behold, O Lord, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And [You have] placed Your hand upon me. 6 Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high [above me], I cannot reach it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will take hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, And the night will be the only light around me,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, But the night shines as bright as the day; Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were appointed for me, When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
19 [w]O that You would kill the wicked, O God; Go away from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20 For they speak against You wickedly, Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect and utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.
23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Protect me from violent men. 2 They devise evil things in their hearts; They continually [gather together and] stir up wars. 3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent’s; Poison of a viper is under their lips.Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Protect me from violent men Who intend to trip up my steps. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah.
6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Listen to the voice of my supplications, O Lord. 7 “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not further their evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
9 “Those who surround me raise their heads; May the mischief of their own lips come upon them. 10 “Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be thrown into the fire, Into deep [water] pits from which they cannot rise. 11 “Do not let a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil quickly hunt the violent man [to overthrow him and stop his evil acts].”
12 I know [with confidence] that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And [will secure] justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.
A Psalm of David.
141 Lord, I call upon You; hurry to me. Listen to my voice when I call to You. 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. 3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly]. 4 Do not incline my heart to [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, Or to practice deeds of wickedness With men who plan and do evil; And let me not eat of their delicacies (be tempted by their gain).
5 Let the righteous [thoughtfully] strike (correct) me—it is a kindness [done to encourage my spiritual maturity]. It is [the choicest anointing] oil on the head; Let my head not refuse [to accept and acknowledge and learn from] it; For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds. 6 Their [wicked, godless] judges are thrown down the sides of the rocky cliff, And they [who followed them] will hear my words, for they are pleasant (just). 7 As when the one plows and breaks open the ground [and the soil scatters behind him], Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol [by the injustices of the wicked].
8 For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not pour out my life nor leave me defenseless. 9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do evil. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While I pass by and safely escape [from danger].
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David; when he was in the cave. A Prayer.
142 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness], You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4 Look to the right [the point of attack] and see; For there is no one who has regard for me [to act in my favor]. Escape has failed me and I have nowhere to run; No one cares about my life.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. 6 “Give attention to my cry, For I am brought very low; Rescue me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I. 7 “Bring my soul out of prison (adversity), So that I may give thanks and praise Your name; The righteous will surround me [in triumph], For You will look after me.”
Prayer for Help and Guidance.
A Psalm of David.
143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, Listen to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, and in Your righteousness. 2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous or justified. 3 For the enemy has persecuted me, He has crushed my life down to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness]; My heart grows numb within me.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. 6 I reach out my hands to You; My throat thirsts for You, as a parched land [thirsts for water]. Selah.
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down into the pit (grave). 8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For I trust in You. Teach me the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Rescue me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in You.
10 Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You], For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; In Your righteousness bring my life out of trouble. 12 In your lovingkindness, silence and destroy my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my life, For I am Your servant.
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; 2 My [steadfast] lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my rescuer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3 Lord, what is man that You take notice of him? Or the son of man that You think of him? 4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a shadow that passes away.
5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6 Flash lightning and scatter my enemies; Send out Your arrows and confuse and embarrass and frustrate them. 7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Set me free and rescue me from great waters, Out of the hands of [hostile] foreigners [who surround us] 8 Whose mouths speak deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, 10 Who gives salvation to kings, Who sets David His servant free from the evil sword. 11 Set me free and rescue me from the hand of [hostile] foreigners, Whose mouth speaks deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 Let our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace; 13 Let our barns be full, supplying every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, And let there be no outcry in our streets! 15 How blessed and favored are the people in such circumstance; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored] are the people whose God is the Lord!
The Lord Extolled for His Goodness.
A Psalm of praise. Of David.
145 I will exalt You, my God, O King, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You and lovingly praise You; Yes, [with awe-inspired reverence] I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is [so vast and profound as to be] unsearchable [incomprehensible to man]. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty and remarkable acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They will overflow [like a fountain] when they speak of Your great and abundant goodness And will sing joyfully of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. 10 All Your works shall give thanks to You and praise You, O Lord, And Your godly ones will bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power, 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glorious majesty of Your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who fall And raises up all those who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to You [in hopeful expectation], And You give them their food in due time. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is [unwaveringly] righteous in all His ways And gracious and kind in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, To all who call on Him in truth (without guile). 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them. 20 The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever.
The Lord an Abundant Helper.
146 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help). 4 When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts and plans perish. 5 How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel), Whose hope is in the Lord his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them, Who keeps truth and is faithful forever, 7 Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets free the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the [x]righteous [the upright in heart]. 9 The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow; But He makes crooked the way of the wicked. 10 The Lord shall reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.
147 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our [gracious and majestic] God; Praise is becoming and appropriate. 2 The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering [together] the exiles of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow]. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. 5 Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless]. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God with the lyre, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass grow on the mountains. 9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that for which they cry. 10 He does not delight in the strength (military power) of the horse, Nor does He take pleasure in the legs (strength) of a man. 11 The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates, He has blessed your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sends His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. 16 He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. 17 He casts out His ice like fragments; Who can stand before His cold? 18 He sends out His word and melts the ice; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow. 19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. 20 He has not dealt this way with any [other] nation; They have not known [understood, appreciated, heeded, or cherished] His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
The Whole Creation Invoked to Praise the Lord.
148 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts (armies)! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon: Praise Him, all stars of light! 4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. 6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps; 8 Lightning and hail, snow and fog; Stormy wind, fulfilling His orders; 9 Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged birds; 11 Kings of the earth and all people; Princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted and supreme; His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven. 14 He has lifted up a horn for His people [giving them strength, prosperity, dignity, and preeminence], Praise for all His godly ones; For the people of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.
149 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And praise Him in the congregation of His godly ones (believers). 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let Zion’s children rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with the tambourine and lyre. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats, And a two-edged sword in their hands, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written. This is the honor for all His godly ones. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
A Psalm of Praise.
150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens. 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to [the abundance of] His greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. 5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; Praise Him with loud cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Psalm 120:1It is possible that the fifteen psalms (chs 120-134) known as the “Songs of Degrees or Ascents” were sung by the caravans of pilgrims going up to attend the annual feasts at Jerusalem. But it is equally possible that the title has reference to some peculiarity in connection with the music or the manner of using it.
Psalm 120:4The ancient rabbis explained that coals from a broom tree are unusual in that they continue burning on the inside even after they are extinguished on the outside. They compared this to a person who listens to slander: even if you try to persuade him otherwise and he seems to be convinced, he is still “burning” on the inside, i.e. still unconvinced.
Psalm 136:1The ancient rabbis said that the twenty-six verses of this Psalm correspond to the twenty-six generations from Adam to Moses. They maintained that since these generations were not given the Torah (Law), they could not earn merit and were sustained only by God’s “lovingkindness.”
Psalm 139:19In the first eighteen verses of this psalm, the psalmist acknowledges that God knows everything that the psalmist ever does, no matter when or where he does it. Although God’s vast knowledge of an individual’s deeds can be reassuring for the righteous, it should be frightening for the wicked. In verses 19-24, the psalmist distances himself from the wicked and asks God to help him live in such a way that pleases God.
Psalm 146:8I.e. those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God.
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