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Psalm 103-106 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies.

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your [a]years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The Lord performs [b]righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who [c]fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who [d]fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows [e]our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who [f]fear Him,
And His [g]righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His [h]sovereignty rules over [i]all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Lord’s Care over All His Works.

104 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
[j]He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
[k]He makes the clouds His chariot;
[l]He walks upon the wings of the wind;
[m]He makes [n]the winds His messengers,
[o]Flaming fire His ministers.

He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not [p]totter forever and ever.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

10 [q]He sends forth springs in the valleys;
They flow between the mountains;
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 [r]Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
They [s]lift up their voices among the branches.
13 [t]He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 [u]He causes the grass to grow for the [v]cattle,
And vegetation for the [w]labor of man,
So that [x]he may bring forth [y]food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And [z]food which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord [aa]drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the [ab]fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the [ac]shephanim.
19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest [ad]prowl about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey
[ae]And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how many are Your works!
[af]In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your [ag]possessions.
25 [ah]There is the sea, great and [ai]broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along,
And [aj]Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You
To give them their food in [ak]due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their [al]spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your [am]Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
32 [an]He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 [ao]I will sing to the Lord [ap]as long as I live;
[aq]I will sing praise to my God [ar]while I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
[as]Praise [at]the Lord!

The Lord’s Wonderful Works in Behalf of Israel.

105 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
[au]Speak of all His [av]wonders.
[aw]Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His [ax]wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments [ay]uttered by His mouth,
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

He has remembered His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
10 Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the [az]portion of your inheritance,”
12 When they were only a few men in number,
Very few, and strangers in it.
13 And they wandered about from nation to nation,
From one kingdom to another people.
14 He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes:
15 Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

16 And He called for a famine upon the land;
He broke the whole staff of bread.
17 He sent a man before them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They afflicted his feet with fetters,
[ba]He himself was laid in irons;
19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord [bb]tested him.
20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of peoples, and set him free.
21 He made him lord of his house
And ruler over all his possessions,
22 To [bc]imprison his princes [bd]at will,
That he might teach his elders wisdom.
23 Israel also came into Egypt;
Thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24 And He caused His people to be very fruitful,
And made them stronger than their adversaries.

25 He turned their heart to hate His people,
To deal craftily with His servants.
26 He sent Moses His servant,
And Aaron, whom He had chosen.
27 They [be]performed His wondrous acts among them,
And miracles in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and made it dark;
And they did not rebel against His words.
29 He turned their waters into blood
And caused their fish to die.
30 Their land swarmed with frogs
Even in the chambers of their kings.
31 He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies
And gnats in all their territory.
32 He [bf]gave them hail for rain,
And flaming fire in their land.
33 He struck down their vines also and their fig trees,
And shattered the trees of their territory.
34 He spoke, and locusts came,
And young locusts, even without number,
35 And ate up all vegetation in their land,
And ate up the fruit of their ground.
36 He also struck down all the firstborn in their land,
The first fruits of all their vigor.

37 Then He brought them out with silver and gold,
And among His tribes there was not one who stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
For the dread of them had fallen upon them.
39 He spread a cloud for a [bg]covering,
And fire to illumine by night.
40 [bh]They asked, and He brought quail,
And satisfied them with the [bi]bread of heaven.
41 He opened the [bj]rock and water flowed out;
[bk]It ran in the dry places like a river.
42 For He remembered His holy word
With Abraham His servant;
43 And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful shout.
44 He gave them also the lands of the [bl]nations,
That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor,
45 So that they might keep His statutes
And observe His laws,
[bm]Praise [bn]the Lord!

Israel’s Rebelliousness and the Lord’s Deliverances.

106 [bo]Praise [bp]the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord,
Or can show forth all His praise?
How blessed are those who keep [bq]justice,
[br]Who practice righteousness at all times!

Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor [bs]toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your [bt]inheritance.

We have sinned [bu]like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your [bv]wonders;
They did not remember [bw]Your abundant kindnesses,
But rebelled by the sea, at the [bx]Red Sea.
Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,
That He might make His power known.
Thus He rebuked the [by]Red Sea and it dried up,
And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.
10 So He saved them from the [bz]hand of the one who hated them,
And redeemed them from the [ca]hand of the enemy.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
Not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed His words;
They sang His praise.

13 They quickly forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
14 But craved intensely in the wilderness,
And [cb]tempted God in the desert.
15 So He gave them their request,
But sent a [cc]wasting disease among them.

16 When they became envious of Moses in the camp,
And of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
And engulfed the [cd]company of Abiram.
18 And a fire blazed up in their [ce]company;
The flame consumed the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb
And worshiped a molten image.
20 Thus they exchanged their glory
For the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt,
22 [cf]Wonders in the land of Ham
And awesome things by the [cg]Red Sea.
23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him,
To turn away His wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised the pleasant land;
They did not believe in His word,
25 But grumbled in their tents;
They did not listen to the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore He [ch]swore to them
That He would cast them down in the wilderness,
27 And that He would cast their seed among the nations
And scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves also to [ci]Baal-peor,
And ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
And the plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and interposed,
And so the plague was stayed.
31 And it was reckoned to him for righteousness,
To all generations forever.

32 They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of [cj]Meribah,
So that it went hard with Moses on their account;
33 Because they were rebellious against [ck]His Spirit,
He spoke rashly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the peoples,
As the Lord commanded them,
35 But they mingled with the nations
And learned their [cl]practices,
36 And served their idols,
Which became a snare to them.
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
38 And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with the blood.
39 Thus they became unclean in their [cm]practices,
And played the harlot in their deeds.

40 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people
And He abhorred His [cn]inheritance.
41 Then He gave them into the hand of the [co]nations,
And those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were subdued under their [cp]power.
43 Many times He would deliver them;
They, however, were rebellious in their counsel,
And so sank down in their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless He looked upon their distress
When He heard their cry;
45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And [cq]relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
46 He also made them objects of compassion
In the presence of all their captors.

47 Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name
And [cr]glory in Your praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
[cs]Praise [ct]the Lord!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 103:5 Or desire
  2. Psalm 103:6 Or deeds of vindication
  3. Psalm 103:11 Or revere
  4. Psalm 103:13 Or revere
  5. Psalm 103:14 I.e. what we are made of
  6. Psalm 103:17 Or revere
  7. Psalm 103:17 I.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises
  8. Psalm 103:19 Or kingdom
  9. Psalm 103:19 I.e. the universe
  10. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  11. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  12. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  13. Psalm 104:4 Lit Who
  14. Psalm 104:4 Or His angels, spirits
  15. Psalm 104:4 Or His ministers flames of fire
  16. Psalm 104:5 Or move out of place
  17. Psalm 104:10 Lit The one who sends
  18. Psalm 104:12 Or Over, Above
  19. Psalm 104:12 Lit give forth
  20. Psalm 104:13 Lit Who
  21. Psalm 104:14 Lit Who
  22. Psalm 104:14 Or beasts
  23. Psalm 104:14 Or cultivation by or service of
  24. Psalm 104:14 Or He
  25. Psalm 104:14 Lit bread
  26. Psalm 104:15 Lit bread
  27. Psalm 104:16 Lit are satisfied
  28. Psalm 104:17 Or cypress
  29. Psalm 104:18 Small, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB rock badgers
  30. Psalm 104:20 Lit creep
  31. Psalm 104:21 Lit And to seek
  32. Psalm 104:24 Or With
  33. Psalm 104:24 Or creatures
  34. Psalm 104:25 Or This
  35. Psalm 104:25 Or broad of dimensions (lit hands)
  36. Psalm 104:26 Or a sea monster
  37. Psalm 104:27 Lit its appointed time
  38. Psalm 104:29 Or breath
  39. Psalm 104:30 Or breath
  40. Psalm 104:32 Lit The one who
  41. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  42. Psalm 104:33 Lit in my lifetime
  43. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  44. Psalm 104:33 Lit while I still am
  45. Psalm 104:35 Or Hallelujah!
  46. Psalm 104:35 Heb Yah
  47. Psalm 105:2 Or Meditate on
  48. Psalm 105:2 I.e. wonderful acts
  49. Psalm 105:3 Or Boast
  50. Psalm 105:5 I.e. wonderful acts
  51. Psalm 105:5 Lit of His mouth
  52. Psalm 105:11 Lit measuring line
  53. Psalm 105:18 Lit His soul came into
  54. Psalm 105:19 Or refined
  55. Psalm 105:22 Lit bind
  56. Psalm 105:22 Lit at his
  57. Psalm 105:27 Lit set the words of His signs
  58. Psalm 105:32 Or made their rain hail
  59. Psalm 105:39 Or curtain
  60. Psalm 105:40 Or One
  61. Psalm 105:40 Or food
  62. Psalm 105:41 Or boulder
  63. Psalm 105:41 Lit They went
  64. Psalm 105:44 Or Gentiles
  65. Psalm 105:45 Or Hallelujah!
  66. Psalm 105:45 Heb Yah
  67. Psalm 106:1 Or Hallelujah!
  68. Psalm 106:1 Heb Yah
  69. Psalm 106:3 Or judgment
  70. Psalm 106:3 Many Heb mss read The one who performs
  71. Psalm 106:4 Lit of
  72. Psalm 106:5 I.e. people
  73. Psalm 106:6 Lit with
  74. Psalm 106:7 I.e. wonderful acts
  75. Psalm 106:7 Lit the multitude of Your lovingkindnesses
  76. Psalm 106:7 Lit Sea of Reeds
  77. Psalm 106:9 Lit Sea of Reeds
  78. Psalm 106:10 Or power
  79. Psalm 106:10 Or power
  80. Psalm 106:14 Or put God to the test
  81. Psalm 106:15 Or leanness into their soul
  82. Psalm 106:17 Or assembly, band
  83. Psalm 106:18 Or assembly, band
  84. Psalm 106:22 I.e. Wonderful acts
  85. Psalm 106:22 Lit Sea of Reeds
  86. Psalm 106:26 Lit lifted up His hand
  87. Psalm 106:28 Or Baal of Peor
  88. Psalm 106:32 Lit strife
  89. Psalm 106:33 Or his spirit
  90. Psalm 106:35 Lit works
  91. Psalm 106:39 Lit works
  92. Psalm 106:40 I.e. people
  93. Psalm 106:41 Or Gentiles
  94. Psalm 106:42 Lit hand
  95. Psalm 106:45 Lit was sorry
  96. Psalm 106:47 Lit boast
  97. Psalm 106:48 Or Hallelujah!
  98. Psalm 106:48 Heb Yah
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