The Blessings of Brotherly Unity
133 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 Like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, upon Aaron's beard, that ran down to the hem of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon that descendeth on the mountains of Zion; for there hath Jehovah commanded the blessing, life for evermore.
Exhortation to the Night-watchers
134 1 Behold, bless Jehovah, all ye servants of Jehovah, who by night stand in the house of Jehovah. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless Jehovah. 3 Jehovah, the maker of heavens and earth, bless thee out of Zion.
The Greatness of the LORD and the Vanity of Idols
135 1 Hallelujah! Praise the name of Jehovah; praise, ye servants of Jehovah, 2 Ye that stand in the house of Jehovah, in the courts of the house of our God. 3 Praise ye Jah; for Jehovah is good: sing psalms unto his name; for it is pleasant. 4 For Jah hath chosen Jacob unto himself, Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that Jehovah is great, and our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatsoever Jehovah pleased, he hath done in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all deeps; 7 Who causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; who maketh lightnings for the rain; who bringeth the wind out of his treasuries: 8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast; 9 Who sent signs and miracles into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and upon all his servants; 10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings, 11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan; 12 And gave their land for an inheritance, an inheritance unto Israel his people. 13 Thy name, O Jehovah, is for ever; thy memorial, O Jehovah, from generation to generation. 14 For Jehovah will judge his people, and will repent in favour of his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands: 16 They have a mouth, and they speak not; eyes have they, and they see not; 17 They have ears, and they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouth. 18 They that make them are like unto them,—every one that confideth in them. 19 House of Israel, bless ye Jehovah; house of Aaron, bless ye Jehovah; 20 House of Levi, bless ye Jehovah; ye that fear Jehovah, bless Jehovah. 21 Blessed be Jehovah out of Zion, who dwelleth at Jerusalem! Hallelujah!
Praise for the LORD's Everlasting Mercy
136 1 Give ye thanks unto Jehovah, for he is good; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever: 2 Give thanks unto the God of gods, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 3 Give thanks unto the Lord of lords, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 4 To him who alone doeth great wonders, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever: 5 To him that by understanding made the heavens, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 7 To him that made great lights, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 8 The sun for rule over the day, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 9 The moon and stars for rule over the night, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever:
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 11 And brought out Israel from among them, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 12 With a powerful hand and with a stretched-out arm, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 13 To him that divided the Red sea into parts, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 15 And overturned Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 16 To him that led his people through the wilderness, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 17 To him that smote great kings, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 18 And slew famous kings, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 19 Sihon king of the Amorites, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 20 And Og king of Bashan, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 21 And gave their land for an inheritance, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever, 22 An inheritance unto Israel his servant, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever:
23 Who hath remembered us in our low estate, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 24 And hath delivered us from our oppressors, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever: 25 Who giveth food to all flesh, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 26 Give ye thanks unto the God of the heavens; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever.
The Mourning of the Exiles in Babylon
137 1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that made us wail [required] mirth, [saying,] Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion. 4 How should we sing a song of Jehovah's upon a foreign soil? 5 If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill]; 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to my palate: if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O Jehovah, against the sons of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, Lay [it] bare, Lay [it] bare, down to its foundation! 8 Daughter of Babylon, who art to be laid waste, happy he that rendereth unto thee that which thou hast meted out to us. 9 Happy he that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.
Thanksgiving for the LORD's Favor
138 1 I will give thee thanks with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing psalms of thee. 2 I will bow down toward the temple of thy holiness, and celebrate thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth; for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3 In the day when I called thou answeredst me; thou didst encourage me with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall celebrate thee, Jehovah, when they have heard the words of thy mouth; 5 And they shall sing in the ways of Jehovah, for great is the glory of Jehovah.
6 For Jehovah is high; but he looketh upon the lowly, and the proud he knoweth afar off. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou wilt stretch forth thy hand against the anger of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8 Jehovah will perfect what concerneth me: thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, [endureth] for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.
God's Omnipresence and Omniscience
139 1 Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. 2 Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off; 3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways; 4 For there is not yet a word on my tongue, [but] lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me. 6 O knowledge too wonderful for me! it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? and whither flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou [art there]; 9 [If] I take the wings of the dawn [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 And if I say, Surely darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night; 12 Even darkness hideth not from thee, and the night shineth as the day: the darkness is as the light. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins; thou didst cover me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made. Marvellous are thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. 15 My bones were not hidden from thee when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my unformed substance, and in thy book all [my members] were written; [during many] days were they fashioned, when [as yet] there was none of them.
17 But how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 [If] I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Oh that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O +God! And ye men of blood, depart from me. 20 For they speak of thee wickedly, they take [thy name] in vain, thine enemies. 21 Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? and do not I loathe them that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I account them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; prove me, and know my thoughts; 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.