My Rock and My Fortress

Of David.

144 Blessed be the Lord, my (A)rock,
    (B)who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my (C)steadfast love and my (D)fortress,
    my (E)stronghold and my deliverer,
my (F)shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who (G)subdues peoples[a] under me.

O Lord, (H)what is man that you (I)regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?
(J)Man is like a breath;
    his days are like (K)a passing (L)shadow.

(M)Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
    (N)Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
(O)Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
    (P)send out your arrows and rout them!
(Q)Stretch out your hand from on high;
    (R)rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand (S)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (T)lies
    and whose right hand is (U)a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing (V)a new song to you, O God;
    upon (W)a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
    who (X)rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand (Y)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (Z)lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
    be like (AA)plants full grown,
our daughters like (AB)corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 (AC)may our granaries be full,
    (AD)providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[b]
may there be no (AE)cry of distress in our streets!
15 (AF)Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
    (AG)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Great Is the Lord

[c] A Song of Praise. Of David.

145 (AH)I will extol you, my God and (AI)King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    (AJ)and praise your name forever and ever.
(AK)Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his (AL)greatness is unsearchable.

(AM)One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On (AN)the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of (AO)the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your (AP)abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is (AQ)gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is (AR)good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 (AS)All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your (AT)saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to (AU)make known to the children of man your[d] (AV)mighty deeds,
    and (AW)the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 (AX)Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.][e]
14 The Lord (AY)upholds all who are falling
    and (AZ)raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all (BA)look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You (BB)open your hand;
    you (BC)satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is (BD)righteous in all his ways
    and (BE)kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is (BF)near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him (BG)in truth.
19 He (BH)fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also (BI)hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord (BJ)preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and (BK)let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Put Not Your Trust in Princes

146 (BL)Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord (BM)as long as I live;
    (BN)I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

(BO)Put not your trust in princes,
    (BP)in a son of man, in whom there is (BQ)no salvation.
When (BR)his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.

(BS)Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose (BT)hope is in the Lord his God,
(BU)who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them,
(BV)who keeps faith forever;
    (BW)who executes justice for the oppressed,
    (BX)who gives food to the hungry.

(BY)The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    (BZ)the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
(CA)The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    (CB)the Lord loves the righteous.
(CC)The Lord watches over the sojourners;
    (CD)he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
    but (CE)the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 (CF)The Lord will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, to all generations.
(CG)Praise the Lord!

He Heals the Brokenhearted

147 (CH)Praise the Lord!
For (CI)it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for (CJ)it is pleasant,[f] and (CK)a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord (CL)builds up Jerusalem;
    he (CM)gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals (CN)the brokenhearted
    and (CO)binds up their wounds.
He (CP)determines the number of the stars;
    he (CQ)gives to all of them their names.
(CR)Great is our Lord, and (CS)abundant in power;
    (CT)his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord (CU)lifts up the humble;[g]
    he casts the wicked to the ground.

(CV)Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on (CW)the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares (CX)rain for the earth;
    he makes (CY)grass grow on the hills.
He (CZ)gives to the beasts their food,
    and to (DA)the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in (DB)the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord (DC)takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who (DD)hope in his steadfast love.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens (DE)the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
14 He (DF)makes peace in your borders;
    he (DG)fills you with the (DH)finest of the wheat.
15 He (DI)sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives (DJ)snow like wool;
    he scatters (DK)frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of (DL)ice like crumbs;
    who can stand before his (DM)cold?
18 He (DN)sends out his word, and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
    his (DO)statutes and rules[h] to Israel.
20 He (DP)has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his rules.[i]
(DQ)Praise the Lord!


  1. Psalm 144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people
  2. Psalm 144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out
  3. Psalm 145:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  4. Psalm 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line
  5. Psalm 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)
  6. Psalm 147:1 Or for he is beautiful
  7. Psalm 147:6 Or afflicted
  8. Psalm 147:19 Or and just decrees
  9. Psalm 147:20 Or his just decrees

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