A Song of Praise
96 1 Sing to Jehovah a new song, Sing to Jehovah all the earth. 2 Sing to Jehovah, bless His name, Proclaim from day to day His salvation. 3 Declare among nations His honour, Among all the peoples His wonders. 4 For great 'is' Jehovah, and praised greatly, Fearful He 'is' over all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples 'are' nought, And Jehovah made the heavens. 6 Honour and majesty 'are' before Him, Strength and beauty in His sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to Jehovah, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to Jehovah honour and strength. 8 Ascribe to Jehovah the honour of His name, Lift up a present and come in to His courts. 9 Bow yourselves to Jehovah, In the honour of holiness, Be afraid of His presence, all the earth.
10 Say among nations, 'Jehovah hath reigned, Also—established is the world, unmoved, He judgeth the peoples in uprightness.' 11 The heavens joy, and the earth is joyful, The sea and its fulness roar. 12 The field exulteth, and all that 'is' in it, Then sing do all trees of the forest, 13 Before Jehovah, for He hath come, For He hath come to judge the earth. He judgeth the world in righteousness, And the peoples in His faithfulness!
The LORD's Dominion and Power
97 1 Jehovah hath reigned, The earth is joyful, many isles rejoice. 2 Cloud and darkness 'are' round about Him, Righteousness and judgment the basis of His throne. 3 Fire before Him goeth, And burneth round about His adversaries. 4 Lightened have His lightnings the world, The earth hath seen, and is pained. 5 Hills, like wax, melted before Jehovah, Before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens declared His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His honour. 7 Ashamed are all servants of a graven image, Those boasting themselves in idols, Bow yourselves to him, all ye gods.
8 Zion hath heard and rejoiceth, And daughters of Judah are joyful, Because of Thy judgments, O Jehovah. 9 For Thou, Jehovah, 'art' Most High over all the earth, Greatly Thou hast been exalted over all gods. 10 Ye who love Jehovah, hate evil, He is keeping the souls of His saints, From the hand of the wicked he delivereth them. 11 Light 'is' sown for the righteous, And for the upright of heart—joy. 12 Rejoice, ye righteous, in Jehovah, And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness!
Praise for God's Righteousness
98 1 Sing ye to Jehovah a new song, For wonders He hath done, Given salvation to Him hath His right hand and His holy arm. 2 Jehovah hath made known His salvation, Before the eyes of the nations, He hath revealed His righteousness, 3 He hath remembered His kindness, And His faithfulness to the house of Israel, All ends of earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Shout to Jehovah, all the earth, Break forth, and cry aloud, and sing. 5 Sing to Jehovah with harp, With harp, and voice of praise, 6 With trumpets, and voice of a cornet, Shout ye before the king Jehovah. 7 Roar doth the sea and its fulness, The world and the inhabitants in it. 8 Floods clap hand, together hills cry aloud, 9 Before Jehovah, For He hath come to judge the earth, He judgeth the world in righteousness, And the people in uprightness!
The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel
99 1 Jehovah hath reigned, peoples tremble, The Inhabitant of the cherubs, the earth shaketh. 2 Jehovah in Zion 'is' great, And high He 'is' over all the peoples. 3 They praise Thy name, 'Great, and fearful, holy 'it' is.' 4 And the strength of the king Hath loved judgment, Thou—Thou hast established uprightness; Judgment and righteousness in Jacob, Thou—Thou hast done. 5 Exalt ye Jehovah our God, And bow yourselves at His footstool, holy 'is' He.
6 Moses and Aaron among His priests, And Samuel among those proclaiming His name. They are calling unto Jehovah, And He doth answer them. 7 In a pillar of cloud He speaketh unto them, They have kept His testimonies, And the statute He hath given to them. 8 O Jehovah, our God, Thou hast afflicted them, A God forgiving Thou hast been to them, And taking vengeance on their actions. 9 Exalt ye Jehovah our God, And bow yourselves at His holy hill, For holy 'is' Jehovah our God!
An Exhortation to Thanksgiving
100 1 Shout to Jehovah, all the earth. 2 Serve Jehovah with joy, come before him with singing. 3 Know that Jehovah He 'is' God, He made us, and we are His, His people—and the flock of His pasture. 4 Enter ye His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise, Give ye thanks to Him, bless ye His Name. 5 For good 'is' Jehovah, to the age His kindness, And to generation and generation His faithfulness!
A Pledge to Live Righteously
101 1 Kindness and judgment I sing, To Thee, O Jehovah, I sing praise. 2 I act wisely in a perfect way, When dost Thou come in unto me? I walk habitually in the integrity of my heart, In the midst of my house. 3 I set not before mine eyes a worthless thing, The work of those turning aside I have hated, It adhereth not to me. 4 A perverse heart turneth aside from me, Wickedness I know not. 5 Whoso slandereth in secret his neighbour, Him I cut off, The high of eyes and proud of heart, him I endure not. 6 Mine eyes are on the faithful of the land, To dwell with me, Whoso is walking in a perfect way, he serveth me. 7 He dwelleth not in my house who is working deceit, Whoso is speaking lies Is not established before mine eyes. 8 At morning I cut off all the wicked of the land, To cut off from the city of Jehovah All the workers of iniquity!
A Cry in Distress
102 1 A Prayer of the afflicted when he is feeble, and before Jehovah poureth out his plaint. O Jehovah, hear my prayer, yea, my cry to Thee cometh. 2 Hide not Thou Thy face from me, In a day of mine adversity, Incline unto me Thine ear, In the day I call, haste, answer me. 3 For consumed in smoke have been my days, And my bones as a fire-brand have burned. 4 Smitten as the herb, and withered, is my heart, For I have forgotten to eat my bread. 5 From the voice of my sighing Hath my bone cleaved to my flesh. 6 I have been like to a pelican of the wilderness, I have been as an owl of the dry places. 7 I have watched, and I am As a bird alone on the roof. 8 All the day mine enemies reproached me, Those mad at me have sworn against me. 9 Because ashes as bread I have eaten, And my drink with weeping have mingled, 10 From Thine indignation and Thy wrath, For Thou hast lifted me up, And dost cast me down. 11 My days as a shadow 'are' stretched out, And I—as the herb I am withered.
12 And Thou, O Jehovah, to the age abidest, And Thy memorial to all generations. 13 Thou—Thou risest—Thou pitiest Zion, For the time to favour her, For the appointed time hath come. 14 For Thy servants have been pleased with her stones, And her dust they favour. 15 And nations fear the name of Jehovah, And all kings of the earth Thine honour, 16 For Jehovah hath builded Zion, He hath been seen in His honour, 17 He turned unto the prayer of the destitute, And He hath not despised their prayer. 18 This is written for a later generation, And the people created do praise Jah. 19 For He hath looked From the high place of His sanctuary. Jehovah from heaven unto earth looked attentively, 20 To hear the groan of the prisoner, To loose sons of death, 21 To declare in Zion the name of Jehovah, And His praise in Jerusalem, 22 In the peoples being gathered together, And the kingdoms—to serve Jehovah.
23 He hath humbled in the way my power, He hath shortened my days. 24 I say, 'My God, take me not up in the midst of my days,' Through all generations 'are' Thine years. 25 Beforetime the earth Thou didst found, And the work of Thy hands 'are' the heavens. 26 They—They perish, and Thou remainest, And all of them as a garment become old, As clothing Thou changest them, And they are changed. 27 And Thou 'art' the same, and Thine years are not finished. 28 The sons of Thy servants do continue, And their seed before Thee is established!