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Psalm 135 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Hymn of Praise

135 Praise the Lord!

Praise his name, you servants of the Lord,
    who stand in the Lord's house,
    in the Temple of our God.
Praise the Lord, because he is good;
    sing praises to his name, because he is kind.[a]
He chose Jacob for himself,
    the people of Israel for his own.

I know that our Lord is great,
    greater than all the gods.
He does whatever he wishes
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and in the depths below.
He brings storm clouds from the ends of the earth;
    he makes lightning for the storms,
    and he brings out the wind from his storeroom.

In Egypt he killed all the first-born
    of people and animals alike.
There he performed miracles and wonders
    to punish the king and all his officials.
10 He destroyed many nations
    and killed powerful kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kings in Canaan.
12 He gave their lands to his people;
    he gave them to Israel.

13 Lord, you will always be proclaimed as God;
    all generations will remember you.
14 The Lord will defend his people;
    he will take pity on his servants.

15 The gods of the nations are made of silver and gold;
    they are formed by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    and eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear;
    they are not even able to breathe.
18 May all who made them and who trust in them
    become[b] like the idols they have made!

19 Praise the Lord, people of Israel;
    praise him, you priests of God!
20 Praise the Lord, you Levites;
    praise him, all you that worship him!
21 Praise the Lord in Zion,
    in Jerusalem, his home.

Praise the Lord!


  1. Psalm 135:3 he is kind; or it is pleasant to do so.
  2. Psalm 135:18 May all … become; or All who made them and who trust in them will become.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 135 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 135

Praise for God’s Goodness and Might

Praise the Lord!
    Praise the name of the Lord;
    give praise, O servants of the Lord,
you that stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
    sing to his name, for he is gracious.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great;
    our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
    he makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both human beings and animals;
he sent signs and wonders
    into your midst, O Egypt,
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan—
12 and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
    your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people,
    and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human 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,
    and there is no breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them
    and all who trust them
    shall become like them.

19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
    O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
    he who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 135 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

135 Halleluyah!

(1) Give praise to the name of Adonai!
Servants of Adonai, give praise!
You who stand in the house of Adonai,
in the courtyards of the house of our God,
praise Yah, for Adonai is good;
sing to his name, because it is pleasant.

For Yah chose Ya‘akov for himself,
Isra’el as his own unique treasure.
I know that Adonai is great,
that our Lord is above all gods.
Adonai does whatever pleases him,
in heaven, on earth, in the seas, in all the depths.
He raises clouds from the ends of the earth,
he makes the lightning flash in the rain
and brings the wind out from his storehouses.

He struck down Egypt’s firstborn,
humans and animals alike.
He sent signs and wonders among you, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his subjects.
10 He struck many nations,
and slaughtered mighty kings —
11 Sichon king of the Emori,
‘Og king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Kena‘an.
12 Then he gave their land as a heritage,
to be possessed by Isra’el his people.

13 Adonai, your name continues forever,
your renown, Adonai, through all generations.
14 For Adonai will vindicate his people,
he will take pity on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are mere silver and gold,
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;
and they have no breath in their mouths;
18 The people who make them will become like them,
along with everyone who trusts in them.

19 House of Isra’el, bless Adonai!
House of Aharon, bless Adonai!
20 House of Levi, bless Adonai!
You who fear Adonai, bless Adonai!
21 Blessed be Adonai out of Tziyon,
he who dwells in Yerushalayim!


Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Psalm 135 The Message (MSG)

135 1-4 Hallelujah!
Praise the name of God,
    praise the works of God.
All you priests on duty in God’s temple,
    serving in the sacred halls of our God,
Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good,
    sing anthems to his beautiful name.
And why? Because God chose Jacob,
    embraced Israel as a prize possession.

5-12 I, too, give witness to the greatness of God,
    our Lord, high above all other gods.
He does just as he pleases—
    however, wherever, whenever.
He makes the weather—clouds and thunder,
    lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north.
He struck down the Egyptian firstborn,
    both human and animal firstborn.
He made Egypt sit up and take notice,
    confronted Pharaoh and his servants with miracles.
Yes, he struck down great nations,
    he slew mighty kings—
Sihon king of the Amorites, also Og of Bashan—
    every last one of the Canaanite kings!
Then he turned their land over to Israel,
    a gift of good land to his people.

13-18 God, your name is eternal,
    God, you’ll never be out-of-date.
God stands up for his people,
    God holds the hands of his people.
The gods of the godless nations are mere trinkets,
    made for quick sale in the markets:
Chiseled mouths that can’t talk,
    painted eyes that can’t see,
Carved ears that can’t hear—
    dead wood! cold metal!
Those who make and trust them
    become like them.

19-21 Family of Israel, bless God!
    Family of Aaron, bless God!
Family of Levi, bless God!
    You who fear God, bless God!
Oh, blessed be God of Zion,
    First Citizen of Jerusalem!

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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