Praise for the LORD's Benefits
103 1 By David. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And all my inward parts—His Holy Name. 2 Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And forget not all His benefits, 3 Who is forgiving all thine iniquities, Who is healing all thy diseases, 4 Who is redeeming from destruction thy life, Who is crowning thee—kindness and mercies, 5 Who is satisfying with good thy desire, Renew itself as an eagle doth thy youth.
6 Jehovah is doing righteousness and judgments For all the oppressed. 7 He maketh known His ways to Moses, To the sons of Israel His acts. 8 Merciful and gracious 'is' Jehovah, Slow to anger, and abundant in mercy. 9 Not for ever doth He strive, Nor to the age doth He watch. 10 Not according to our sins hath He done to us, Nor according to our iniquities Hath He conferred benefits upon us. 11 For, as the height of the heavens 'is' above the earth, His kindness hath been mighty over those fearing Him. 12 As the distance of east from west He hath put far from us our transgressions. 13 As a father hath mercy on sons, Jehovah hath mercy on those fearing Him. 14 For He hath known our frame, Remembering that we 'are' dust. 15 Mortal man! as grass 'are' his days, As a flower of the field so he flourisheth; 16 For a wind hath passed over it, and it is not, And its place doth not discern it any more. 17 And the kindness of Jehovah 'Is' from age even unto age on those fearing Him, And His righteousness to sons' sons, 18 To those keeping His covenant, And to those remembering His precepts to do them.
19 Jehovah in the heavens Hath established His throne, And His kingdom over all hath ruled. 20 Bless Jehovah, ye His messengers, Mighty in power—doing His word, To hearken to the voice of His Word. 21 Bless Jehovah, all ye His hosts, His ministers—doing His pleasure. 22 Bless Jehovah, all ye His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah!
The LORD's Care for His Creation
104 1 Bless, O my soul, Jehovah! Jehovah, my God, Thou hast been very great, Honour and majesty Thou hast put on. 2 Covering himself 'with' light as a garment, Stretching out the heavens as a curtain, 3 Who is laying the beam of His upper chambers in the waters, Who is making thick clouds His chariot, Who is walking on wings of wind, 4 Making His messengers—the winds, His ministers—the flaming fire. 5 He hath founded earth on its bases, It is not moved to the age and for ever. 6 The abyss! as with clothing Thou hast covered it, Above hills do waters stand. 7 From Thy rebuke they flee, From the voice of Thy thunder haste away. 8 They go up hills—they go down valleys, Unto a place Thou hast founded for them. 9 A border Thou hast set, they pass not over, They turn not back to cover the earth.
10 Who is sending forth fountains in valleys, Between hills they go on. 11 They water every beast of the field, Wild asses break their thirst. 12 By them the fowl of the heavens doth dwell, From between the branches They give forth the voice. 13 Watering hills from His upper chambers, From the fruit of Thy works is the earth satisfied. 14 Causing grass to spring up for cattle, And herb for the service of man, To bring forth bread from the earth, 15 And wine—it rejoiceth the heart of man, To cause the face to shine from oil, And bread—the heart of man it supporteth. 16 Satisfied 'are' the trees of Jehovah, Cedars of Lebanon that He hath planted, 17 Where birds do make nests, The stork—the firs 'are' her house. 18 The high hills 'are' for wild goats, Rocks 'are' a refuge for conies,
19 He made the moon for seasons, The sun hath known his place of entrance. 20 Thou settest darkness, and it is night, In it doth every beast of the forest creep. 21 The young lions are roaring for prey, And to seek from God their food. 22 The sun riseth, they are gathered, And in their dens they crouch. 23 Man goeth forth to his work, And to his service—till evening. 24 How many have been Thy works, O Jehovah, All of them in wisdom Thou hast made, Full is the earth of thy possessions. 25 This, the sea, great and broad of sides, There 'are' moving things—innumerable, Living creatures—small with great. 26 There do ships go: leviathan, That Thou hast formed to play in it. 27 All of them unto Thee do look, To give their food in its season. 28 Thou dost give to them—they gather, Thou dost open Thy hand—they 'are' satisfied 'with' good. 29 Thou hidest Thy face—they are troubled, Thou gatherest their spirit—they expire, And unto their dust they turn back. 30 Thou sendest out Thy Spirit, they are created, And Thou renewest the face of the ground.
31 The honour of Jehovah is to the age, Jehovah rejoiceth in His works, 32 Who is looking to earth, and it trembleth, He cometh against hills, and they smoke. 33 I sing to Jehovah during my life, I sing praise to my God while I exist. 34 Sweet is my meditation on Him, I—I do rejoice in Jehovah. 35 Consumed are sinners from the earth, And the wicked are no more. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah. Praise ye Jehovah!
The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel
105 1 Give ye thanks to Jehovah—call ye in His name, Make known among the peoples His acts. 2 Sing ye to Him—sing praise to Him, Meditate ye on all His wonders. 3 Boast yourselves in His Holy Name, The heart of those seeking Jehovah rejoiceth. 4 Seek ye Jehovah and His strength, Seek ye His face continually. 5 Remember His wonders that He did, His signs and the judgments of His mouth. 6 O seed of Abraham, His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones. 7 He 'is' Jehovah our God, In all the earth 'are' His judgments.
8 He hath remembered to the age His covenant, The word He commanded to a thousand generations, 9 That He hath made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, 10 And doth establish it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel—a covenant age-during, 11 Saying, 'To thee I give the land of Canaan, The portion of your inheritance,' 12 In their being few in number, But a few, and sojourners in it. 13 And they go up and down, from nation unto nation, From a kingdom unto another people. 14 He hath not suffered any to oppress them And He reproveth for their sakes kings. 15 'Strike not against Mine anointed, And to My prophets do not evil.' 16 And He calleth a famine on the land, The whole staff of bread He hath broken. 17 He hath sent before them a man, For a servant hath Joseph been sold. 18 They have afflicted with fetters his feet, Iron hath entered his soul, 19 Till the time of the coming of His word The saying of Jehovah hath tried him. 20 The king hath sent, and looseth him, The ruler of the peoples, and draweth him out. 21 He hath made him lord of his house, And ruler over all his possessions. 22 To bind his chiefs at his pleasure, And his elders he maketh wise. 23 And Israel cometh in to Egypt, And Jacob hath sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 And He maketh His people very fruitful, And maketh it mightier than its adversaries.
25 He turned their heart to hate His people, To conspire against His servants. 26 He hath sent Moses His servant, Aaron whom He had fixed on. 27 They have set among them the matters of His signs, And wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He hath sent darkness, and it is dark, And they have not provoked His word. 29 He hath turned their waters to blood, And putteth to death their fish. 30 Teemed hath their land 'with' frogs, In the inner chambers of their kings. 31 He hath said, and the beetle cometh, Lice into all their border. 32 He hath made their showers hail, A flaming fire 'is' in their land. 33 And He smiteth their vine and their fig, And shivereth the trees of their border. 34 He hath said, and the locust cometh, And the cankerworm—innumerable, 35 And it consumeth every herb in their land, And it consumeth the fruit of their ground. 36 And He smiteth every first-born in their land, The first-fruit of all their strength, 37 And bringeth them out with silver and gold, And there is not in its tribes a feeble one. 38 Rejoiced hath Egypt in their going forth, For their fear had fallen upon them. 39 He hath spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to enlighten the night. 40 They have asked, and He bringeth quails, And 'with' bread of heaven satisfieth them. 41 He hath opened a rock, and waters issue, They have gone on in dry places—a river. 42 For He hath remembered His holy word, With Abraham His servant, 43 And He bringeth forth His people with joy, With singing His chosen ones. 44 And He giveth to them the lands of nations, And the labour of peoples they possess, 45 That they may observe His statutes, And His laws may keep. Praise ye Jehovah!