1 Don't give glory to us, O LORD. Don't give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. 2 Why should other nations say, "Where is their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven. He does whatever he wants. 4 Their idols are made of silver and gold. They were made by human hands. 5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak. They have eyes, but they cannot see. 6 They have ears, but they cannot hear. They have noses, but they cannot smell. 7 They have hands, but they cannot feel. They have feet, but they cannot walk. They cannot [even] make a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make idols end up like them. So does everyone who trusts them. 9 Israel, trust the LORD. He is your helper and your shield. 10 Descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD. He is your helper and your shield. 11 If you fear the LORD, trust the LORD. He is your helper and your shield. 12 The LORD, who is [always] thinking about us, will bless us. He will bless the descendants of Israel. He will bless the descendants of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, from the least important to the most important. 14 May the LORD continue to bless you and your children. 15 You will be blessed by the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. 16 The highest heaven belongs to the LORD, but he has given the earth to the descendants of Adam. 17 Those who are dead do not praise the LORD, nor do those who go into the silence [of the grave]. 18 But we will thank the LORD now and forever. Hallelujah!
1 I love the LORD because he hears my voice, my pleas for mercy. 2 I will call on him as long as I live because he turns his ear toward me. 3 The ropes of death became tangled around me. The horrors of the grave took hold of me. I experienced pain and agony. 4 But I kept calling on the name of the LORD: "Please, LORD, rescue me!" 5 The LORD is merciful and righteous. Our God is compassionate. 6 The LORD protects defenseless people. When I was weak, he saved me. 7 Be at peace again, my soul, because the LORD has been good to you. 8 You saved me from death. You saved my eyes from tears [and] my feet from stumbling. 9 I will walk in the LORD's presence in this world of the living. 10 I kept my faith even when I said, "I am suffering terribly." 11 I also said when I was panic-stricken, "Everyone is undependable." 12 How can I repay the LORD for all the good that he has done for me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. 14 I will keep my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. 16 O LORD, I am indeed your servant. I am your servant, the son of your female servant. You have freed me from my chains. 17 I will bring a song of thanksgiving to you as a sacrifice. I will call on the name of the LORD. 18 I will keep my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courtyards of the LORD's house, in the middle of Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Praise him, all you people of the world! 2 His mercy toward us is powerful. The LORD's faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah!
1 Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever. 2 Israel should say, "His mercy endures forever." 3 The descendants of Aaron should say, "His mercy endures forever." 4 Those who fear the LORD should say, "His mercy endures forever." 5 During times of trouble I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me [and] set me free [from all of them]. 6 The LORD is on my side. I am not afraid. What can mortals do to me? 7 The LORD is on my side as my helper. I will see [the defeat of] those who hate me. 8 It is better to depend on the LORD than to trust mortals. 9 It is better to depend on the LORD than to trust influential people. 10 All the nations surrounded me, [but armed] with the name of the LORD, I defeated them. 11 They surrounded me. Yes, they surrounded me, [but armed] with the name of the LORD, I defeated them. 12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thornbushes. [So armed] with the name of the LORD, I defeated them. 13 They pushed hard to make me fall, but the LORD helped me. 14 The LORD is my strength and my song. He is my savior. 15 The sound of joyful singing and victory is heard in the tents of righteous people. The right hand of the LORD displays strength. 16 The right hand of the LORD is held high. The right hand of the LORD displays strength. 17 I will not die, but I will live and tell what the LORD has done. 18 The LORD disciplined me severely, but he did not allow me to be killed. 19 Open the gates of righteousness for me. I will go through them [and] give thanks to the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD through which righteous people will enter. 21 I give thanks to you, because you have answered me. You are my savior. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 The LORD is responsible for this, and it is amazing for us to see. 24 This is the day the LORD has made. Let's rejoice and be glad today! 25 We beg you, O LORD, save us! We beg you, O LORD, give us success! 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the LORD's house. 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. March in a festival procession with branches to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I give thanks to you. My God, I honor you highly. 29 Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever.