135:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord!
Offer praise, you servants of the Lord,
135:2 who serve2 in the Lord’s temple,
in the courts of the temple of our God.
135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good!
Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant!3
135:4 Indeed,4 the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel to be his special possession.5
135:5 Yes,6 I know the Lord is great,
and our Lord is superior to all gods.
135:6 He does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the ocean depths.
135:7 He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth,
makes lightning bolts accompany the rain,
and brings the wind out of his storehouses.
135:8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
including both men and animals.
135:9 He performed awesome deeds7 and acts of judgment8
in your midst, O Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
135:10 He defeated many nations,
and killed mighty kings –
135:11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
135:12 He gave their land as an inheritance,
as an inheritance to Israel his people.
135:13 O Lord, your name endures,9
your reputation, O Lord, lasts.10
135:14 For the Lord vindicates11 his people,
and has compassion on his servants.12
135:15 The nations’ idols are made of silver and gold,
they are man-made.13
135:16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see,
135:17 and ears, but cannot hear.
Indeed, they cannot breathe.14
135:18 Those who make them will end up15 like them,
as will everyone who trusts in them.
135:19 O family16 of Israel, praise the Lord!
O family of Aaron, praise the Lord!
135:20 O family of Levi, praise the Lord!
You loyal followers17 of the Lord, praise the Lord!
135:21 The Lord deserves praise in Zion18 –
he who dwells in Jerusalem.19
Praise the Lord!