Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless (A)the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
(B)Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who (C)heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
(D)Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that (E)your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
(F)He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
(G)The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
(H)He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 (I)He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He (J)removed our transgressions from us.
13 (K)As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He [a]knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, (L)his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 (M)For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone,
And (N)its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 (O)To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And (P)His kingdom rules over all.

20 (Q)Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who (R)do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
(S)You [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Praise to the Sovereign Lord for His Creation and Providence(T)

104 Bless (U)the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

(V)He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes His angels spirits,
His [d]ministers a flame of fire.

You who [e]laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
You (W)covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
[f]They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
You have (X)set a boundary that they may not pass over,
(Y)That they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
13 (Z)He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with (AA)the fruit of Your works.

14 (AB)He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth (AC)food from the earth,
15 And (AD)wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the (AE)rock[g] badgers.

19 (AF)He appointed the moon for seasons;
The (AG)sun knows its going down.
20 (AH)You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 (AI)The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to (AJ)his work
And to his labor until the evening.

24 (AK)O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your (AL)possessions—
25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.
26 There the ships sail about;
There is that (AM)Leviathan[h]
Which You have [i]made to play there.

27 (AN)These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.
28 What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
(AO)You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 (AP)You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord (AQ)rejoice in His works.
32 He looks on the earth, and it (AR)trembles;
(AS)He touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 (AT)I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 May my (AU)meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.
35 May (AV)sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
[j]Praise the Lord!

The Eternal Faithfulness of the Lord(AW)

105 Oh, (AX)give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
(AY)Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
(AZ)Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
(BA)Seek His face evermore!
(BB)Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
O seed of Abraham His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

He is the Lord our God;
(BC)His judgments are in all the earth.
He (BD)remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
(BE)The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
10 And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, (BF)“To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”
12 (BG)When they were few in number,
Indeed very few, (BH)and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another,
From one kingdom to another people,
14 (BI)He permitted no one to do them wrong;
Yes, (BJ)He rebuked kings for their sakes,
15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

16 Moreover (BK)He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the (BL)provision of bread.
17 (BM)He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who (BN)was sold as a slave.
18 (BO)They hurt his feet with fetters,
[k]He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
(BP)The word of the Lord tested him.
20 (BQ)The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
21 (BR)He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
22 To [l]bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.

23 (BS)Israel also came into Egypt,
And Jacob dwelt (BT)in the land of Ham.
24 (BU)He increased His people greatly,
And made them stronger than their enemies.
25 (BV)He turned their heart to hate His people,
To deal craftily with His servants.

26 (BW)He sent Moses His servant,
And Aaron whom He had chosen.
27 They (BX)performed His signs among them,
And wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness, and made it dark;
And they did not rebel against His word.
29 (BY)He turned their waters into blood,
And killed their fish.
30 (BZ)Their land abounded with frogs,
Even in the chambers of their kings.
31 (CA)He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
And lice in all their territory.
32 (CB)He gave them hail for rain,
And flaming fire in their land.
33 (CC)He struck their vines also, and their fig trees,
And splintered the trees of their territory.
34 (CD)He spoke, and locusts came,
Young locusts without number,
35 And ate up all the vegetation in their land,
And devoured the fruit of their ground.
36 (CE)He also [m]destroyed all the firstborn in their land,
(CF)The first of all their strength.

37 (CG)He also brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.
38 (CH)Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
39 (CI)He spread a cloud for a covering,
And fire to give light in the night.
40 (CJ)The people asked, and He brought quail,
And (CK)satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 (CL)He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
It ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He remembered (CM)His holy promise,
And Abraham His servant.
43 He brought out His people with joy,
His chosen ones with [n]gladness.
44 (CN)He gave them the lands of the [o]Gentiles,
And they inherited the labor of the nations,
45 (CO)That they might observe His statutes
And keep His laws.

[p]Praise the Lord!

Joy in Forgiveness of Israel’s Sins

106 Praise[q] the Lord!

(CP)Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Who can [r]utter the mighty acts of the Lord?
Who can declare all His praise?
Blessed are those who keep justice,
And [s]he who (CQ)does righteousness at (CR)all times!

(CS)Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people.
Oh, visit me with Your salvation,
That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with [t]Your inheritance.

(CT)We have sinned with our fathers,
We have committed iniquity,
We have done wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies,
(CU)But rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea.

Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake,
(CV)That He might make His mighty power known.
(CW)He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up;
So (CX)He led them through the depths,
As through the wilderness.
10 He (CY)saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 (CZ)The waters covered their enemies;
There was not one of them left.
12 (DA)Then they believed His words;
They sang His praise.

13 (DB)They soon forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
14 (DC)But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tested God in the desert.
15 (DD)And He gave them their request,
But (DE)sent leanness into their soul.

16 When (DF)they envied Moses in the camp,
And Aaron the saint of the Lord,
17 (DG)The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
And covered the faction of Abiram.
18 (DH)A fire was kindled in their company;
The flame burned up the wicked.

19 (DI)They made a calf in Horeb,
And worshiped the molded image.
20 Thus (DJ)they changed their glory
Into the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
Awesome things by the Red Sea.
23 (DK)Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one (DL)stood before Him in the breach,
To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.

24 Then they despised (DM)the pleasant land;
They (DN)did not believe His word,
25 (DO)But complained in their tents,
And did not heed the voice of the Lord.
26 (DP)Therefore He raised His hand in an oath against them,
(DQ)To [u]overthrow them in the wilderness,
27 (DR)To [v]overthrow their descendants among the [w]nations,
And to scatter them in the lands.

28 (DS)They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor,
And ate sacrifices [x]made to the dead.
29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
And the plague broke out among them.
30 (DT)Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
And the plague was stopped.
31 And that was accounted to him (DU)for righteousness
To all generations forevermore.

32 (DV)They angered Him also at the waters of [y]strife,
(DW)So that it went ill with Moses on account of them;
33 (DX)Because they rebelled against His Spirit,
So that he spoke rashly with his lips.

34 (DY)They did not destroy the peoples,
(DZ)Concerning whom the Lord had commanded them,
35 (EA)But they mingled with the Gentiles
And learned their works;
36 (EB)They served their idols,
(EC)Which became a snare to them.
37 (ED)They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to (EE)demons,
38 And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And (EF)the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they [z]were (EG)defiled by their own works,
And (EH)played[aa] the harlot by their own deeds.

40 Therefore (EI)the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people,
So that He abhorred (EJ)His own inheritance.
41 And (EK)He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles,
And those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43 (EL)Many times He delivered them;
But they rebelled in their counsel,
And were brought low for their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless He regarded their affliction,
When (EM)He heard their cry;
45 (EN)And for their sake He remembered His covenant,
And (EO)relented (EP)according to the multitude of His mercies.
46 (EQ)He also made them to be pitied
By all those who carried them away captive.

47 (ER)Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the Gentiles,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
To triumph in Your praise.

48 (ES)Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!”

[ab]Praise the Lord!


  1. Psalm 103:14 Understands our constitution
  2. Psalm 103:16 not
  3. Psalm 103:21 servants
  4. Psalm 104:4 servants
  5. Psalm 104:5 Lit. founded the earth upon her bases
  6. Psalm 104:8 Or The mountains rose up; The valleys sank down
  7. Psalm 104:18 rock hyraxes
  8. Psalm 104:26 A large sea creature of unknown identity
  9. Psalm 104:26 Lit. formed
  10. Psalm 104:35 Heb. Hallelujah
  11. Psalm 105:18 His soul came into iron
  12. Psalm 105:22 Bind as prisoners
  13. Psalm 105:36 Lit. struck down
  14. Psalm 105:43 a joyful shout
  15. Psalm 105:44 nations
  16. Psalm 105:45 Heb. Hallelujah
  17. Psalm 106:1 Heb. Hallelujah
  18. Psalm 106:2 express
  19. Psalm 106:3 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. those who do
  20. Psalm 106:5 The people of Your inheritance
  21. Psalm 106:26 make them fall
  22. Psalm 106:27 make their descendants fall also
  23. Psalm 106:27 Gentiles
  24. Psalm 106:28 offered
  25. Psalm 106:32 Or Meribah
  26. Psalm 106:39 became unclean
  27. Psalm 106:39 Were unfaithful
  28. Psalm 106:48 Heb. Hallelujah

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