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Psalm 146

Praise for God’s Help

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!(A)
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God all my life long.(B)

Do not put your trust in princes,
    in mortals, in whom there is no help.(C)
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
    on that very day their plans perish.(D)

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God,(E)
who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;(F)
    who executes justice for the oppressed;
    who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;(G)
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.(H)
The Lord watches over the strangers;
    he upholds the orphan and the widow,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.(I)

10 The Lord will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!(J)

Psalm 147

Praise for God’s Care for Jerusalem

Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.(K)
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.(L)
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.(M)
He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.(N)
Great is our Lord and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.(O)
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre.
He covers the heavens with clouds,
    prepares rain for the earth,
    makes grass grow on the hills.(P)
He gives to the animals their food
    and to the young ravens when they cry.(Q)
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner,[a](R)
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

12 Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
14 He grants peace[b] within your borders;
    he fills you with the finest of wheat.(S)
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.(T)
16 He gives snow like wool;
    he scatters frost like ashes.(U)
17 He hurls down hail like crumbs—
    who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.(V)
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and ordinances to Israel.(W)
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!(X)


  1. 147.10 Heb legs of a person
  2. 147.14 Or prosperity

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now I want you to understand, brothers and sisters, the good news[a] that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand,(A) through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.(B)

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures(C) and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures(D) and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.(E) Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.[b] Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.(F) Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.(G) For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.(H) 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I but the grace of God that is with me.(I) 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised, 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.(J) 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died[c] in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.[d](K) 21 For since death came through a human, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human,(L) 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23 But each in its own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power.(M) 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.(N) 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.(O) 27 For “God[e] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him.(P) 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.(Q)

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  1. 15.1 Or gospel
  2. 15.6 Gk fallen asleep
  3. 15.18 Gk fallen asleep
  4. 15.20 Gk fallen asleep
  5. 15.27 Gk he