Psalm 103-105 New American Standard Bible

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Praise for the LORD's Benefits

103 1  Bless the Lord , O my soul , And all that is within me, bless His holy name . 2  Bless the Lord , O my soul , And forget none e of His benefits ; 3  Who pardons all your iniquities , Who heals all your diseases ; 4  Who redeems your life from the pit , Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion ; 5  Who satisfies your years with good things , So that your youth is renewed like the eagle .

6  The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed . 7  He made known His ways to Moses , His acts to the sons of Israel . 8  The Lord is compassionate and gracious , Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness . 9  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 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 fear Him. 14  For He Himself knows 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 fear Him, And His 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 sovereignty rules over 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 for His Creation

104 1  Bless the Lord , O my soul ! O Lord my God , You are very great ; You are clothed with splendor and majesty , 2  Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak , Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain . 3  He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters ; He makes the clouds His chariot ; He walks upon the wings of the wind ; 4  He makes the winds His messengers , Flaming fire His ministers . 5  He established the earth upon its foundations , So that it will not totter forever and ever . 6  You covered it with the deep as with a garment ; The waters were standing above the mountains . 7  At Your rebuke they fled , At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away . 8  The mountains rose ; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. 9  You set a boundary that they may not pass over , So that they will not return to cover the earth .

10  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  Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell ; They lift up their voices among e the branches . 13  He waters the mountains from His upper chambers ; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works . 14  He causes the grass to grow for the cattle , And vegetation for the labor of man , So that he may bring forth food from the earth , 15  And wine which makes man's heart glad , So that he may make his face glisten with oil , And food which sustains man's heart . 16  The trees of the Lord drink their fill , The cedars of Lebanon which He planted , 17  Where e the birds build their nests , And the stork , whose home is the fir trees . 18  The high mountains are for the wild goats ; The cliffs are a refuge for the 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 prowl about . 21  The young lions roar after their prey 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 ! In wisdom You have made them all ; The earth is full of Your possessions . 25  There is the sea , great and broad , In which are swarms without number , Animals both small and great . 26  There the ships move along, And Leviathan , which You have formed to sport in it. 27  They all wait for You To give them their food in 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 spirit , they expire And return to their dust . 30  You send forth Your 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  He looks at the earth , and it trembles ; He touches the mountains , and they smoke . 33  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live ; I will sing praise to my God 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 . Praise the Lord !

The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel

105 1  Oh give thanks to the Lord , call upon His name ; Make known His deeds among the peoples . 2  Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders . 3  Glory in His holy name ; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad . 4  Seek the Lord and His strength ; Seek His face continually . 5  Remember His wonders which He has done , His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth , 6  O seed of Abraham , His servant , O sons of Jacob , His chosen ones ! 7  He is the Lord our God ; His judgments are in all the earth .

8  He has remembered His covenant forever , The word which He commanded to a thousand generations , 9  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 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 , He himself was laid in irons ; 19  Until the time that his word came to pass , The word of the Lord 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 imprison his princes 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 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 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 covering , And fire to illumine by night . 40  They asked , and He brought quail , And satisfied them with the bread of heaven . 41  He opened the rock and water flowed out; 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 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 , Praise the Lord !

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