Bible: Psalm 147

Psalm 147 1 

147:1 Praise the Lord,

for it is good to sing praises to our God!

Yes, 2  praise is pleasant and appropriate!

147:2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, 3 

and gathers the exiles of Israel.

147:3 He heals 4  the brokenhearted,

and bandages their wounds.

147:4 He counts the number of the stars;

he names all of them.

147:5 Our Lord is great and has awesome power; 5 

there is no limit to his wisdom. 6 

147:6 The Lord lifts up the oppressed,

but knocks 7  the wicked to the ground.

147:7 Offer to the Lord a song of thanks! 8 

Sing praises to our God to the accompaniment of a harp!

147:8 He covers 9  the sky with clouds,

provides the earth with rain,

and causes grass to grow on the hillsides. 10 

147:9 He gives food to the animals,

and to the young ravens when they chirp. 11 

147:10 He is not enamored with the strength of a horse,

nor is he impressed by the warrior’s strong legs. 12 

147:11 The Lord takes delight in his faithful followers, 13 

and in those who wait for his loyal love.

147:12 Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem!

Praise your God, O Zion!

147:13 For he makes the bars of your gates strong.

He blesses your children 14  within you.

147:14 He 15  brings peace to your territory. 16 

He abundantly provides for you 17  the best grain.

147:15 He 18  sends his command through the earth; 19 

swiftly his order reaches its destination. 20 

147:16 He sends the snow that is white like wool;

he spreads the frost that is white like ashes. 21 

147:17 He throws his hailstones 22  like crumbs.

Who can withstand the cold wind he sends? 23 

147:18 He then orders it all to melt; 24 

he breathes on it, 25  and the water flows.

147:19 He proclaims his word to Jacob,

his statutes and regulations to Israel.

147:20 He has not done so with any other nation;

they are not aware of his regulations.

Praise the Lord!

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