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Psalm 134-136 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 134

A pilgrimage song.

134 All you who serve the Lord: bless the Lord right now!
    All you who minister in the Lord’s house at night: bless God!
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary
    and bless the Lord!
May the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth,
    bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135

135 Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord’s name!
    All you who serve the Lord, praise God!
All you who stand in the Lord’s house—
        who stand in the courtyards of our God’s temple—
    praise the Lord, because the Lord is good!
        Sing praises to God’s name because it is beautiful!
Because the Lord chose Jacob as his own,
    God chose Israel as his treasured possession.

Yes, I know for certain that the Lord is great—
    I know our Lord is greater than all other gods.
The Lord can do whatever he wants
    in heaven or on earth,
    in the seas and in every ocean depth.
God forms clouds at the far corners of the earth.
    God makes lightning for the rain.
    God releases the wind from its storeroom.
    God struck down the Egyptians’ oldest offspring—
        both human and animal!
God sent signs and wonders into the very center of Egypt—
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 God struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings:
11 Sihon the Amorite king,
    Og the king of Bashan,
    and all the Canaanite kings.
12 Then God handed their land over as an inheritance—
    as an inheritance to Israel, his own people.

13 Lord, your name is forever!
    Lord, your fame extends from one generation to the next!
14 The Lord gives justice to his people
    and has compassion on those who serve him.

15 The nations’ idols are just silver and gold—
    things made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but they can’t speak.
    They have eyes, but they can’t see.
17 They have ears, but they can’t listen.
    No, there’s no breath in their lungs!
18 Let the people who made these idols
    and all who trust in them
    become just like them!

19 House of Israel, bless the Lord!
    House of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20     House of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who honor the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Bless the Lord from Zion—
    bless the one who lives in Jerusalem!

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 136

136 Give thanks to the Lord because he is good.
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

Give thanks to the God of all gods—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of all lords—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
Give thanks to the only one
who makes great wonders—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
Give thanks to the one who made the skies with skill—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
Give thanks to the one who shaped the earth on the water—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
Give thanks to the one who made the great lights—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
The sun to rule the day—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
The moon and the stars to rule the night—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

10 Give thanks to the one who struck down the Egyptians’ oldest offspring—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
11 Give thanks to the one who brought Israel out of there—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
12 With a strong hand and outstretched arm—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

13 Give thanks to the one who split the Reed Sea[a] in two—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
14 Give thanks to the one who brought Israel through—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
15 And tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Reed Sea—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

16 Give thanks to the one who led his people through the desert—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
17 Give thanks to the one who struck down great kings—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
18 And killed powerful kings—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
19 Sihon, the Amorite king—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
20 Og, king of Bashan—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
21 Handing their land over as an inheritance—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
22 As an inheritance to Israel, his servant—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

23 God remembered us when we were humiliated—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
24 God rescued us from our enemies—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever.
25 God is the one who provides food for all living things—
    God’s faithful love lasts forever!

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven—
        God’s faithful love lasts forever!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 136:13 Or Red Sea; also in 136:15
Common English Bible (CEB)

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