A Song of Praise
96 1 Sing ye unto Jehovah a new song: sing unto Jehovah, all the earth. 2 Sing unto Jehovah, bless his name; publish his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all the peoples. 4 For Jehovah is great and exceedingly to be praised; he is terrible above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but Jehovah made the heavens. 6 Majesty and splendour are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Give unto Jehovah, ye families of peoples, give unto Jehovah glory and strength; 8 Give unto Jehovah the glory of his name; bring an oblation and come into his courts; 9 Worship Jehovah in holy splendour; tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, Jehovah reigneth! yea, the world is established, it shall not be moved; he will execute judgment upon the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; 12 Let the field exult and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy, 13 Before Jehovah, for he cometh; for he cometh to judge the earth: he will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
The LORD's Dominion and Power
97 1 Jehovah reigneth: let the earth be glad, let the many isles rejoice. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him; righteousness and judgment are the foundation of his throne. 3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his adversaries round about. 4 His lightnings lightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. 5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Jehovah, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. 7 Ashamed be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols. Worship him, all ye gods.
8 Zion heard, and rejoiced; and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgments, O Jehovah. 9 For thou, Jehovah, art the Most High above all the earth; thou art exalted exceedingly above all gods. 10 Ye that love Jehovah, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints, he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in Jehovah, ye righteous; and give thanks in remembrance of his holiness.
Praise for God's Righteousness
98 1 Sing ye unto Jehovah a new song: for he hath done wondrous things; his right hand and his holy arm hath wrought salvation for him. 2 Jehovah hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the nations. 3 He hath remembered his loving-kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the earth; break forth and shout for joy, and sing psalms. 5 Sing psalms unto Jehovah with the harp: with the harp, and the voice of a song; 6 With trumpets and sound of cornet, make a joyful noise before the King, Jehovah. 7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein; 8 Let the floods clap [their] hands; let the mountains sing for joy together, 9 Before Jehovah, for he cometh to judge the earth: he will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel
99 1 Jehovah reigneth: let the peoples tremble. He sitteth [between the] cherubim: let the earth be moved. 2 Jehovah is great in Zion, and he is high above all the peoples. 3 They shall praise thy great and terrible name,—it is holy!— 4 And the strength of the king that loveth justice. Thou hast established equity: it is thou that executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt Jehovah our God, and worship at his footstool. He is holy!
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name: they called unto Jehovah, and he answered them. 7 He spoke unto them in the pillar of cloud: they kept his testimonies, and the statute that he gave them. 8 Jehovah, our God, thou answeredst them: a forgiving God wast thou unto them, though thou tookest vengeance of their doings. 9 Exalt Jehovah our God, and worship at the hill of his holiness; for holy is Jehovah our God.
An Exhortation to Thanksgiving
100 1 Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the earth! 2 Serve Jehovah with joy: come before his presence with exultation. 3 Know that Jehovah is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving [and] into his courts with praise; give thanks unto him, bless his name: 5 For Jehovah is good; his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; and his faithfulness from generation to generation.
A Pledge to Live Righteously
101 1 I will sing of loving-kindness and judgment: unto thee, Jehovah, will I sing psalms. 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. When wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. 3 I will set no thing of Belial before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know evil. 5 Whoso secretly slandereth his neighbour, him will I destroy; him that hath a high look and a proud heart will I not suffer. 6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7 He that practiseth deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that speaketh falsehoods shall not subsist in my sight. 8 Every morning will I destroy all the wicked of the land: to cut off all workers of iniquity from the city of Jehovah.
A Cry in Distress
102 1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before Jehovah. Jehovah, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto thee. 2 Hide not thy face from me: in the day of my trouble, incline thine ear unto me; in the day I call, answer me speedily. 3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a firebrand. 4 My heart is smitten and withered like grass; yea, I have forgotten to eat my bread. 5 By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bones cleave to my flesh. 6 I am become like the pelican of the wilderness, I am as an owl in desolate places; 7 I watch, and am like a sparrow alone upon the housetop. 8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; they that are mad against me swear by me. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, 10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath; for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 11 My days are like a lengthened-out shadow, and I, I am withered like grass.
12 But thou, Jehovah, abidest for ever, and thy memorial from generation to generation. 13 Thou wilt rise up, thou wilt have mercy upon Zion: for it is the time to be gracious to her, for the set time is come. 14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour her dust. 15 And the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16 When Jehovah shall build up Zion, he will appear in his glory. 17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute one, and not despise their prayer. 18 This shall be written for the generation to come; and a people that shall be created shall praise Jah: 19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from the heavens hath Jehovah beheld the earth, 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to die; 21 That the name of Jehovah may be declared in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22 When the peoples shall be gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah.
23 He weakened my strength in the way, he shortened my days. 24 I said, My God, take me not away in the midst of my days! ... Thy years are from generation to generation. 25 Of old hast thou founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands: 26 They shall perish, but thou continuest; and all of them shall grow old as a garment: as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed. 27 But thou art the Same, and thy years shall have no end. 28 The children of thy servants shall abide, and their seed shall be established before thee.