Praise for the LORD's Benefits
103 1 Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name! 2 Bless Jehovah, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from the pit, who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thine old age with good [things]; thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 Jehovah executeth righteousness and justice for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 Jehovah is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness. 9 He will not always chide, neither will he keep [his anger] for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his loving-kindness toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pitieth [his] children, so Jehovah pitieth them that fear him. 14 For himself knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth: 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof knoweth it no more. 17 But the loving-kindness of Jehovah is from everlasting and to everlasting, upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children, 18 To such as keep his covenant and to those that remember his precepts to do them.
19 Jehovah hath established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, mighty in strength, that execute his word, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his that do his will. 22 Bless Jehovah, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless Jehovah, O my soul!
The LORD's Care for His Creation
104 1 Bless Jehovah, O my soul! Jehovah my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with majesty and splendour; 2 Covering thyself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent-curtain;— 3 Who layeth the beams of his upper chambers in the waters, who maketh clouds his chariot, who walketh upon the wings of the wind; 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flame of fire. 5 He laid the earth upon its foundations: it shall not be removed for ever. 6 Thou hadst covered it with the deep, as with a vesture; the waters stood above the mountains: 7 At thy rebuke they fled, at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away;— 8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank, unto the place which thou hadst founded for them;— 9 Thou hast set a bound which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys: they run among the mountains; 11 They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst. 12 The birds of heaven dwell by them; they give forth their voice from among the branches. 13 He watereth the mountains from his upper-chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 14 He maketh the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; bringing forth bread out of the earth, 15 And wine which gladdeneth the heart of man; making [his] face shine with oil; and with bread he strengtheneth man's heart. 16 The trees of Jehovah are satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted, 17 Where the birds make their nests; [as for] the stork, the fir trees are her house. 18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs, a refuge for the rock-badgers.
19 He made the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth its going down. 20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night, wherein all the beasts of the forest creep forth: 21 The young lions roar after the prey, and to seek their food from God. 22 The sun ariseth, they retreat, and lay them down in their dens. 23 Man goeth forth unto his work, and to his labour until the evening. 24 How manifold are thy works, O Jehovah! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 25 Yonder is the great and wide sea: therein are moving things innumerable, living creatures small and great. 26 There go the ships; [there] that leviathan, which thou hast formed to play therein. 27 These all look unto thee, that thou mayest give their food in its season: 28 That thou givest unto them, they gather; thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good. 29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; thou takest away their breath, they expire and return to their dust. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created, and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31 The glory of Jehovah will endure for ever; Jehovah will rejoice in his works. 32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; he toucheth the mountains, and they smoke. 33 I will sing unto Jehovah as long as I live; I will sing psalms to my God while I have my being. 34 My meditation shall be pleasant unto him; I will rejoice in Jehovah. 35 Sinners shall be consumed out of the earth, and the wicked shall be no more. Bless Jehovah, O my soul. Hallelujah!
The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel
105 1 Give ye thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; make known his acts among the peoples. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him; meditate upon all his wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. 4 Seek Jehovah and his strength, seek his face continually; 5 Remember his wondrous works which he hath done, his miracles and the judgments of his mouth: 6 Ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He, Jehovah, is our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He is ever mindful of his covenant,—the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,— 9 Which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 10 And he confirmed it unto Jacob for a statute, unto Israel for an everlasting covenant, 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; 12 When they were a few men in number, of small account, and strangers in it. 13 And they went from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people. 14 He suffered no man to oppress them, and reproved kings for their sakes, 15 [Saying,] Touch not mine 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 was sold for a bondman. 18 They afflicted his feet with fetters; his soul came into irons; 19 Until the time when what he said came about: the word of Jehovah tried him. 20 The king sent and loosed him—the ruler of peoples—and let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler over all his possessions: 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom. 23 And Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 And he made his people exceeding fruitful, and made them mightier than their oppressors.
25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. 26 He sent Moses his servant, [and] Aaron whom he had chosen: 27 They set his signs among them, and miracles in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. 29 He turned their waters into blood, and caused their fish to die. 30 Their land swarmed with frogs,—in the chambers of their kings. 31 He spoke, and there came dog-flies, [and] gnats in all their borders. 32 He gave them hail for rain, [and] flaming fire in their land; 33 And he smote their vines and their fig-trees, and broke the trees of their borders. 34 He spoke, and the locust came, and the cankerworm, even without number; 35 And they devoured every herb in their land, and ate up the fruit of their ground. 36 And he smote every firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their vigour. 37 And he brought them forth with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble among their tribes. 38 Egypt rejoiced at their departure; for the fear of them had fallen upon them. 39 He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night. 40 They asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and waters gushed forth; they ran in the dry places [like] a river. 42 For he remembered his holy word, [and] Abraham his servant; 43 And he brought forth his people with gladness, his chosen with rejoicing; 44 And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the labour of the peoples: 45 That they might keep his statutes, and observe his laws. Hallelujah!