Psalms 147

Psalm 1471

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 heals4 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 knocks7 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 covers9 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 children14 within you.

147:14 He15 brings peace to your territory.16

He abundantly provides for you17 the best grain.

147:15 He18 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 hailstones22 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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