Exhortation to the Night-watchers
134 1 A Song of the Ascents. Lo, bless Jehovah, all servants of Jehovah, Who are standing in the house of Jehovah by night. 2 Lift up your hands 'in' the sanctuary, And bless ye Jehovah. 3 Jehovah doth bless thee out of Zion, The maker of the heavens and earth!
Praise for the LORD's Righteous Acts
146 1 Praise ye Jah! Praise, O my soul, Jehovah. 2 I praise Jehovah during my life, I sing praise to my God while I exist. 3 Trust not in princes—in a son of man, For he hath no deliverance. 4 His spirit goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, In that day have his thoughts perished.
5 O the happiness of him Who hath the God of Jacob for his help, His hope 'is' on Jehovah his God, 6 Making the heavens and earth, The sea and all that 'is' in them, Who is keeping truth to the age, 7 Doing judgment for the oppressed, Giving bread to the hungry. 8 Jehovah is loosing the prisoners, Jehovah is opening (the eyes of) the blind, Jehovah is raising the bowed down, Jehovah is loving the righteous, 9 Jehovah is preserving the strangers, The fatherless and widow He causeth to stand, And the way of the wicked He turneth upside down. 10 Jehovah doth reign to the age, Thy God, O Zion, to generation and generation, Praise ye Jah!
Praise for the LORD's Favor to Jerusalem
147 1 Praise ye Jah! For 'it is' good to praise our God, For pleasant—comely 'is' praise. 2 Building Jerusalem 'is' Jehovah, The driven away of Israel He gathereth. 3 Who is giving healing to the broken of heart, And is binding up their griefs. 4 Appointing the number of the stars, To all them He giveth names. 5 Great 'is' our Lord, and abundant in power, Of His understanding there is no narration. 6 Jehovah is causing the meek to stand, Making low the wicked unto the earth. 7 Answer ye to Jehovah with thanksgiving, Sing ye to our God with a harp. 8 Who is covering the heavens with clouds, Who is preparing for the earth rain, Who is causing grass to spring up 'on' mountains, 9 Giving to the beast its food, To the young of the ravens that call. 10 Not in the might of the horse doth He delight, Not in the legs of a man is He pleased. 11 Jehovah is pleased with those fearing Him, With those waiting for His kindness.
12 Glorify, O Jerusalem, Jehovah, Praise thy God, O Zion. 13 For He did strengthen the bars of thy gates, He hath blessed thy sons in thy midst. 14 Who is making thy border peace, 'With' the fat of wheat He satisfieth Thee. 15 Who is sending forth His saying 'on' earth, Very speedily doth His word run. 16 Who is giving snow like wool, Hoar-frost as ashes He scattereth. 17 Casting forth His ice like morsels, Before His cold who doth stand? 18 He sendeth forth His word and melteth them, He causeth His wind to blow—the waters flow. 19 Declaring His words to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. 20 He hath not done so to any nation, As to judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye Jah!
All Creation Exhorted to Praise the LORD
148 1 Praise ye Jah! Praise ye Jehovah from the heavens, Praise ye Him in high places. 2 Praise ye Him, all His messengers, Praise ye Him, all His hosts. 3 Praise ye Him, sun and moon, Praise ye Him, all stars of light. 4 Praise ye Him, heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens. 5 They do praise the name of Jehovah, For He commanded, and they were created. 6 And He establisheth them for ever to the age, A statute He gave, and they pass not over.
7 Praise ye Jehovah from the earth, Dragons and all deeps, 8 Fire and hail, snow and vapour, Whirlwind doing His word; 9 The mountains and all heights, Fruit tree, and all cedars, 10 The wild beast, and all cattle, Creeping thing, and winged bird, 11 Kings of earth, and all peoples, Chiefs, and all judges of earth, 12 Young men, and also maidens, Aged men, with youths, 13 They praise the name of Jehovah, For His name alone hath been set on high, His honour 'is' above earth and heavens. 14 And He exalteth the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints, Of the sons of Israel, a people near Him. Praise ye Jah!
Israel Exhorted to Praise the LORD
149 1 Praise ye Jah! Sing ye to Jehovah a new song, His praise in an assembly of saints. 2 Israel doth rejoice in his Maker, Sons of Zion do joy in their king. 3 They praise His name in a dance, With timbrel and harp sing praise to Him. 4 For Jehovah is pleased with His people, He beautifieth the humble with salvation. 5 Exult do saints in honour, They sing aloud on their beds.
6 The exaltation of God 'is' in their throat, And a two-edged sword in their hand. 7 To do vengeance among nations, Punishments among the peoples. 8 To bind their kings with chains, And their honoured ones with fetters of iron, 9 To do among them the judgment written, An honour it 'is' for all his saints. Praise ye Jah!
A Call to Praise God with Musical Instruments
150 1 Praise ye Jah! Praise ye God in His holy place, Praise Him in the expanse of His strength. 2 Praise Him in His mighty acts, Praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. 3 Praise Him with blowing of trumpet, Praise Him with psaltery and harp. 4 Praise Him with timbrel and dance, Praise Him with stringed instruments and organ. 5 Praise Him with cymbals of sounding, Praise Him with cymbals of shouting. 6 All that doth breathe doth praise Jah! Praise ye Jah!