Exhortation to the Night-watchers
134 1 Give praise to the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who take your places in the house of the Lord by night. 2 Give praise to the Lord, lifting up your hands in his holy place. 3 May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, send you blessing out of Zion,
Praise for the LORD's Righteous Acts
146 1 Let the Lord be praised. Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. 2 While I have breath I will give praise to the Lord: I will make melody to my God while I have my being. 3 Put not your faith in rulers, or in the son of man, in whom there is no salvation. 4 Man's breath goes out, he is turned back again to dust; in that day all his purposes come to an end.
5 Happy is the man who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: 6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things in them; who keeps faith for ever: 7 Who gives their rights to those who are crushed down; and gives food to those who are in need of it: the Lord makes the prisoners free; 8 The Lord makes open the eyes of the blind; the Lord is the lifter up of those who are bent down; the Lord is a lover of the upright; 9 The Lord takes care of those who are in a strange land; he gives help to the widow and to the child who has no father; but he sends destruction on the way of sinners. 10 The Lord will be King for ever; your God, O Zion, will be King through all generations. Praise be to the Lord.
Praise for the LORD's Favor to Jerusalem
147 1 Give praise to the Lord; for it is good to make melody to our God; praise is pleasing and beautiful. 2 The Lord is building up Jerusalem; he makes all the outlaws of Israel come together. 3 He makes the broken-hearted well, and puts oil on their wounds. 4 He sees the number of the stars; he gives them all their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and great his power; there is no limit to his wisdom. 6 The Lord gives help to the poor in spirit; but he sends sinners down in shame. 7 Make songs of praise to the Lord; make melody to our God with instruments of music. 8 By his hand the heaven is covered with clouds and rain is stored up for the earth; he makes the grass tall on the mountains. 9 He gives food to every beast, and to the young ravens in answer to their cry. 10 He has no delight in the strength of a horse; he takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord takes pleasure in his worshippers, and in those whose hope is in his mercy.
12 Give praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem; give praise to your God, O Zion. 13 He has made strong the iron bands of your doors; he has sent blessings on your children inside your walls. 14 He gives peace in all your land, making your stores full of fat grain. 15 He sends out his orders to the earth; his word goes out quickly. 16 He gives snow like wool; he sends out ice-drops like dust. 17 He sends down ice like raindrops: water is made hard by his cold. 18 At the outgoing of his word, the ice is turned to water; when he sends out his wind, there is a flowing of waters. 19 He makes his word clear to Jacob, teaching Israel his laws and his decisions. 20 He has not done these things for any other nation: and as for his laws, they have no knowledge of them. Let the Lord be praised.
All Creation Exhorted to Praise the LORD
148 1 Give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised from the heavens: give him praise in the skies. 2 Give praise to him, all you his angels: give praise to him, all his armies. 3 Give praise to him, you sun and moon: give praise to him, all you stars of light. 4 Give praise to him, you highest heavens, and you waters which are over the heavens. 5 Let them give praise to the name of the Lord: for he gave the order, and they were made. 6 He has put them in their places for ever; he has given them their limits which may not be broken.
7 Give praise to the Lord from the earth, you great sea-beasts, and deep places: 8 Fire and rain of ice, snow and mists; storm-wind, doing his word: 9 Mountains and all hills; fruit-trees and all trees of the mountains: 10 Beasts and all cattle; insects and winged birds: 11 Kings of the earth, and all peoples; rulers and all judges of the earth: 12 Young men and virgins; old men and children: 13 Let them give glory to the name of the Lord: for his name only is to be praised: his kingdom is over the earth and the heaven. 14 He has put on high the horn of his people, for the praise of all his saints; even the children of Israel, a people which is near to him. Let the Lord be praised.
Israel Exhorted to Praise the LORD
149 1 Let the Lord be praised. Make a new song to the Lord, let his praise be in the meeting of his saints. 2 Let Israel have joy in his maker; let the children of Zion be glad in their King. 3 Let them give praise to his name in the dance: let them make melody to him with instruments of brass and corded instruments of music. 4 For the Lord has pleasure in his people: he gives the poor in spirit a crown of salvation. 5 Let the saints have joy and glory: let them give cries of joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands; 7 To give the nations the reward of their sins, and the peoples their punishment; 8 To put their kings in chains, and their rulers in bands of iron; 9 To give them the punishment which is in the holy writings: this honour is given to all his saints. Praise be to the Lord.
A Call to Praise God with Musical Instruments
150 1 Let the Lord be praised. Give praise to God in his holy place: give him praise in the heaven of his power. 2 Give him praise for his acts of power: give him praise in the measure of his great strength. 3 Give him praise with the sound of the horn: give him praise with corded instruments of music. 4 Give him praise with instruments of brass and in the dance: give him praise with horns and corded instruments. 5 Give him praise with the loud brass: give him praise with the high-sounding brass. 6 Let everything which has breath give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised.