96 O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works and wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are [worthless, lifeless] idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 [a]Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; Tremble [in submissive wonder] before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly and securely established, it shall not be moved; He will judge and rule the people with fairness.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all the things it contains; 12 Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy 13 Before the Lord, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.
The Lord’s Power and Dominion.
97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands and coastlands be glad. 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him [as at Sinai]; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3 Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries on all sides. 4 His lightnings have illuminated the world; The earth has seen and trembled. 5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory and brilliance.
7 Let all those be [deeply] ashamed who serve carved images, Who boast in idols. Worship Him, all you gods! 8 Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters (cities) of Judah rejoiced [in relief] Because of Your judgments, O Lord. 9 For You are the Lord Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil; He protects the souls of His godly ones (believers), He rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown [like seed] for the righteous and illuminates their path, And [irrepressible] joy [is spread] for the upright in heart [who delight in His favor and protection]. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones [those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God], And praise and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
98 O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done marvelous and wonderful things; His right hand and His holy arm have [c]gained the victory for Him. 2 The Lord has made known His salvation; He has [openly] revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has [graciously] remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have witnessed the salvation of our God.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Shout [in jubilation] and sing for joy and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea thunder and roar, and all the things it contains, The world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy and delight 9 Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with fairness.
Praise to the Lord for His Fidelity to Israel.
99 The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble [with submissive wonder]! He sits enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! 2 The Lord is great in Zion, And He is exalted and magnified above all the peoples. 3 Let them [reverently] praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. 4 The strength of the King loves justice and righteous judgment; You have established fairness; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob (Israel). 5 Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.
6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called on His name; They called upon the Lord and He answered them. 7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies And the statutes that He gave them. 8 You answered them, O Lord our God; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil practices. 9 Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill [Zion, the temple mount], For the Lord our God is holy.
All Men Exhorted to Praise God.
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness and delight; Come before His presence with joyful singing. 3 Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, [d]not we ourselves [and we are His]. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.
The Psalmist’s Profession of Uprightness.
A Psalm of David.
101 I will sing of [steadfast] lovingkindness and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. 2 I will behave wisely and follow the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will walk in my house in integrity and with a blameless heart. 3 I will set no worthless or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the practice of those who fall away [from the right path]; It will not grasp hold of me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not tolerate evil. 5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence; The one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me. 7 He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house; He who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence. 8 Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, That I may cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do evil.
Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.
A Prayer of the afflicted; when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint to God.
102 Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry for help come to You! 2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call, answer me quickly. 3 For my days have vanished in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth. 4 My heart has been struck like grass and withered, Indeed, [absorbed by my heartache] I forget to eat my food. 5 Because of the sound of my groaning [in suffering and trouble] My bones cling to my flesh. 6 I am like a [mournful] [e]vulture of the wilderness; I am like a [desolate] owl of the wasteland. 7 I am sleepless and lie awake [mourning], I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.
8 My enemies taunt me all day long; Those who ridicule me use my name as a curse. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, And have mingled my drink with tears 10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and thrown me away. 11 My days are like an evening shadow that lengthens and vanishes [with the sun]; And as for me, I wither away like grass.
12 But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever [ruling eternally as sovereign]; And [the fame and glory of] Your name [endures] to all generations. 13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion, For it is time to be gracious and show favor to her; Yes, the appointed time [the moment designated] has come. 14 For Your servants find [melancholy] pleasure in the stones [of her ruins] And feel pity for her dust. 15 So the nations will fear the name of the Lord, And all the kings of the earth [will recognize] Your glory. 16 For the Lord has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory and brilliance; 17 He has regarded the prayer of the destitute, And has not despised their prayer.
18 Let this be recorded for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created will praise the Lord. 19 For He looked down from His holy height [of His sanctuary], From heaven the Lord gazed on the earth, 20 To hear the sighing of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death, 21 So that people may declare the name of the Lord in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem, 22 When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
23 He has exhausted my strength [humbling me with sorrow] in the way; He has shortened my days. 24 I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are [eternal] throughout all generations. 25 “At the beginning You founded the earth; The heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 “Even they will perish, but You endure; Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them and they shall be changed. 27 “But You remain the same, And Your years will never end. 28 “The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You.”
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