Psalm 133-139 New Revised Standard Version

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The Blessings of Brotherly Unity

133 1  How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! 2  It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. 3  It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

Exhortation to the Night-watchers

134 1  Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 2  Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. 3  May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

The Greatness of the LORD and the Vanity of Idols

135 1  Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; give praise, O servants of the Lord, 2  you that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. 3  Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious. 4  For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.

5  For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is above all gods. 6  Whatever the Lord pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. 7  He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth; he makes lightnings for the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 8  He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both human beings and animals; 9  he sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants. 10  He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings- 11  Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan- 12  and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel. 13  Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages. 14  For the Lord will vindicate his people, and have compassion on his servants.

15  The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 16  They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; 17  they have ears, but they do not hear, and there is no breath in their mouths. 18  Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them. 19  O house of Israel, bless the Lord! O house of Aaron, bless the Lord! 20  O house of Levi, bless the Lord! You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord! 21  Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who resides in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Praise for the LORD's Everlasting Mercy

136 1  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. 2  O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. 3  O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; 4  who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; 5  who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; 6  who spread out the earth on the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; 7  who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; 8  the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; 9  the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;

10  who struck Egypt through their firstborn, for his steadfast love endures forever; 11  and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever; 12  with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever; 13  who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever; 14  and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever; 15  but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever; 16  who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever; 17  who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever; 18  and killed famous kings, for his steadfast love endures forever; 19  Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever; 20  and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever; 21  and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever; 22  a heritage to his servant Israel, for his steadfast love endures forever.

23  It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever; 24  and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever; 25  who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever. 26  O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

The Mourning of the Exiles in Babylon

137 1  By the rivers of Babylon- there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. 2  On the willows there we hung up our harps. 3  For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" 4  How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? 5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! 6  Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

7  Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem's fall, how they said, "Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!" 8  O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! 9  Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Favor

138 1  I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2  I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. 3  On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. 4  All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth. 5  They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

6  For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away. 7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. 8  The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

God's Omnipresence and Omniscience

139 1  O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4  Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 5  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

7  Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 8  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9  If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10  even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. 11  If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night," 12  even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13  For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 15  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16  Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

17  How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18  I try to count them-they are more than the sand; I come to the end -I am still with you. 19  O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me- 20  those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil! 21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22  I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. 23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. 24  See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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