Praise for the LORD's Benefits
103 1 Praise Yahweh, my soul!
All that is within me, praise his holy name! 2 Praise Yahweh, my soul,
and don’t forget all his benefits; 3 who forgives all your sins;
who heals all your diseases; 4 who redeems your life from destruction;
who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies; 5 who satisfies your desire with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 Yahweh executes righteous acts,
and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the children of Israel. 8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness. 9 He will not always accuse;
neither will he stay angry forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor repaid us for our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his loving kindness 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 Like a father has compassion on his children,
so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him. 14 For he knows how we are made.
He remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass.
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone.
Its place remembers it no more. 17 But Yahweh’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him,
his righteousness to children’s children; 18 to those who keep his covenant,
to those who remember to obey his precepts.
19 Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens.
His kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise Yahweh, you angels of his,
who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word,
obeying the voice of his word. 21 Praise Yahweh, all you armies of his,
you servants of his, who do his pleasure. 22 Praise Yahweh, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion.
Praise Yahweh, my soul!
The LORD's Care for His Creation
104 1 Bless Yahweh, my soul.
Yahweh, my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty. 2 He covers himself with light as with a garment.
He stretches out the heavens like a curtain. 3 He lays the beams of his chambers in the waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot.
He walks on the wings of the wind. 4 He makes his messengers  winds;
his servants flames of fire. 5 He laid the foundations of the earth,
that it should not be moved forever. 6 You covered it with the deep as with a cloak.
The waters stood above the mountains. 7 At your rebuke they fled.
At the voice of your thunder they hurried away. 8 The mountains rose,
the valleys sank down,
to the place which you had assigned to them. 9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over;
that they don’t turn again to cover the earth.
10 He sends forth springs into the valleys.
They run among the mountains. 11 They give drink to every animal of the field.
The wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds of the sky nest by them.
They sing among the branches. 13 He waters the mountains from his chambers.
The earth is filled with the fruit of your works. 14 He causes the grass to grow for the livestock,
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food out of the earth: 15 wine that makes glad the heart of man,
oil to make his face to shine,
and bread that strengthens man’s heart. 16 Yahweh’s trees are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted; 17 where the birds make their nests.
The stork makes its home in the fir trees. 18 The high mountains are for the wild goats.
The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons.
The sun knows when to set. 20 You make darkness, and it is night,
in which all the animals of the forest prowl. 21 The young lions roar after their prey,
and seek their food from God. 22 The sun rises, and they steal away,
and lay down in their dens. 23 Man goes forth to his work,
to his labor until the evening. 24 Yahweh, how many are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all.
The earth is full of your riches. 25 There is the sea, great and wide,
in which are innumerable living things,
both small and large animals. 26 There the ships go,
and leviathan, whom you formed to play there. 27 These all wait for you,
that you may give them their food in due season. 28 You give to them; they gather.
You open your hand; they are satisfied with good. 29 You hide your face: they are troubled;
you take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust. 30 You send forth your Spirit: they are created.
You renew the face of the ground.
31 Let the glory of Yahweh endure forever.
Let Yahweh rejoice in his works. 32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles.
He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33 I will sing to Yahweh as long as I live.
I will sing praise to my God while I have any being. 34 Let your meditation be sweet to him.
I will rejoice in Yahweh. 35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.
Let the wicked be no more.
Bless Yahweh, my soul.
The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel
105 1 Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name!
Make his doings known among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him!
Tell of all his marvelous works. 3 Glory in his holy name.
Let the heart of those who seek Yahweh rejoice. 4 Seek Yahweh and his strength.
Seek his face forever more. 5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done;
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, 6 you seed of Abraham, his servant,
you children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He is Yahweh, 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,
his oath to Isaac, 10 and confirmed the same to Jacob for a statute;
to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
the lot of your inheritance;” 12 when they were but a few men in number,
yes, very few, and foreigners in it. 13 They went about from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people. 14 He allowed no one to do them wrong.
Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes, 15 “Don’t touch my anointed ones!
Do my prophets no harm!” 16 He called for a famine on the land.
He destroyed the food supplies. 17 He sent a man before them.
Joseph was sold for a slave. 18 They bruised his feet with shackles.
His neck was locked in irons, 19 until the time that his word happened,
and Yahweh’s word proved him true. 20 The king sent and freed him;
even the ruler of peoples, and let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house,
and ruler of all of his possessions; 22 to discipline his princes at his pleasure,
and to teach his elders wisdom. 23 Israel also came into Egypt.
Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 He increased his people greatly,
and made them stronger than their adversaries.
25 He turned their heart to hate his people,
to conspire against his servants. 26 He sent Moses, his servant,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen. 27 They performed miracles among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness, and made it dark.
They didn’t rebel against his words. 29 He turned their waters into blood,
and killed their fish. 30 Their land swarmed with frogs,
even in the chambers of their kings. 31 He spoke, and swarms of flies came,
and lice in all their borders. 32 He gave them hail for rain,
with lightning in their land. 33 He struck their vines and also their fig trees,
and shattered the trees of their country. 34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
and the grasshoppers, without number, 35 ate up every plant in their land;
and ate up the fruit of their ground. 36 He struck also all the firstborn in their land,
the first fruits of all their manhood. 37 He brought them forth with silver and gold.
There was not one feeble person among his tribes. 38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
for the fear of them had fallen on them. 39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
fire to give light in the night. 40 They asked, and he brought quails,
and satisfied them with the bread of the sky. 41 He opened the rock, and waters gushed out.
They ran as a river in the dry places. 42 For he remembered his holy word,
and Abraham, his servant. 43 He brought forth his people with joy,
his chosen with singing. 44 He gave them the lands of the nations.
They took the labor of the peoples in possession, 45 that they might keep his statutes,
and observe his laws.
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