Praise for the LORD's Righteous Acts
146 1 Praise the Lord ! Praise the Lord , O my soul ! 2 I will praise the Lord while I live ; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 3 Do not trust in princes , In mortal man , in whom there is no salvation . 4 His spirit departs , he returns to the earth ; In that very day his thoughts perish .
5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob , Whose hope is in the Lord his God , 6 Who made heaven and earth , The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever ; 7 Who executes justice for the oppressed ; Who gives food to the hungry . The Lord sets the prisoners free . 8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind ; The Lord raises up those who are bowed down ; The Lord loves the righteous ; 9 The Lord protects the strangers ; He supports the fatherless and the widow , But He thwarts the way of the wicked . 10 The Lord will reign forever , Your God , O Zion , to all generations . Praise the Lord !
Praise for the LORD's Favor to Jerusalem
147 1 Praise the Lord ! For it is good to sing praises to our God ; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming . 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem ; He gathers the outcasts of Israel . 3 He heals the brokenhearted e And binds up their wounds . 4 He counts the number of the stars ; He gives names to all of them. 5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength ; His understanding is infinite e . 6 The Lord supports the afflicted ; He brings down the wicked to the ground . 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving ; Sing praises to our God on the lyre , 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds , Who provides rain for the earth , Who makes grass to grow on the mountains . 9 He gives to the beast its food , And to the young ravens which cry . 10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse ; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man . 11 The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness .
12 Praise the Lord , O Jerusalem ! Praise your God , O Zion ! 13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates ; He has blessed your sons within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders ; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat . 15 He sends forth His command to the earth ; His word runs very swiftly . 16 He gives snow like wool ; He scatters the frost like ashes . 17 He casts forth His ice as fragments ; Who can stand before His cold ? 18 He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow . 19 He declares His words to Jacob , His statutes and His ordinances to Israel . 20 He has not dealt thus with any nation ; And as for His ordinances , they have not known them. Praise the Lord !
All Creation Exhorted to Praise the LORD
148 1 Praise the Lord ! Praise the Lord from the heavens ; Praise Him in the heights ! 2 Praise Him, all His angels ; Praise Him, all His hosts ! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon ; Praise Him, all stars of light ! 4 Praise Him, highest heavens , And the waters that are above e the heavens ! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord , For He commanded and they were created . 6 He has also established them forever and ever ; He has made a decree which will not pass away .
7 Praise the Lord from the earth , Sea monsters and all deeps ; 8 Fire and hail , snow and clouds ; Stormy wind , fulfilling His word ; 9 Mountains and all hills ; Fruit trees and all cedars ; 10 Beasts and all cattle ; Creeping things and winged fowl ; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples ; Princes and all judges of the earth ; 12 Both young men and virgins ; Old men and children . 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted ; His glory is above earth and heaven . 14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people , Praise for all His godly ones ; Even for the sons of Israel , a people near to Him. Praise the Lord !
Israel Exhorted to Praise the LORD
149 1 Praise the Lord ! Sing to the Lord a new song , And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones . 2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker ; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King . 3 Let them praise His name with dancing ; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre . 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people ; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation . 5 Let the godly ones exult in glory ; Let them sing for joy on their beds .
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth , And a two-edged sword in their hand , 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples , 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron , 9 To execute on them the judgment written ; This is an honor for all His godly ones . Praise the Lord !
A Call to Praise God with Musical Instruments
150 1 Praise the Lord ! Praise God in His sanctuary ; Praise Him in His mighty expanse . 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds ; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness . 3 Praise Him with trumpet sound ; Praise Him with harp and lyre . 4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing ; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe . 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals ; Praise Him with resounding cymbals . 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord . Praise the Lord !