Psalms 96; Psalms 97; Psalms 98; Psalms 99; Psalms 100; Psalms 101; Psalms 102

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Psalms 96

1 Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Sing to the Lord, and praise him! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
3 Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples.
4 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; he is to be honored more than all the gods.
5 The gods of all other nations are only idols, but the Lord created the heavens.
6 Glory and majesty surround him; power and beauty fill his Temple.
7 Praise the Lord, all people on earth; praise his glory and might.
8 Praise the Lord's glorious name; bring an offering and come into his Temple.
9 Bow down before the Holy One when he appears; tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say to all the nations, "The Lord is king! The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with justice."
11 Be glad, earth and sky! Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
12 be glad, fields, and everything in you! The trees in the woods will shout for joy
13 when the Lord comes to rule the earth. He will rule the peoples of the world with justice and fairness.

Psalms 97

1 The Lord is king! Earth, be glad! Rejoice, you islands of the seas!
2 Clouds and darkness surround him; he rules with righteousness and justice.
3 Fire goes in front of him and burns up his enemies around him.
4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees it and trembles.
5 The hills melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the nations see his glory.
7 Everyone who worships idols is put to shame; all the gods bow down before the Lord.
8 The people of Zion are glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 Lord Almighty, you are ruler of all the earth; you are much greater than all the gods.
10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; he protects the lives of his people; he rescues them from the power of the wicked.
11 Light shines on the righteous, and gladness on the good.
12 All you that are righteous be glad because of what the Lord has done! Remember what the holy God has done, and give thanks to him.

Psalms 98

1 Sing a new song to the Lord; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory.
2 The Lord announced his victory; he made his saving power known to the nations.
3 He kept his promise to the people of Israel with loyalty and constant love for them. All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.
4 Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts of joy!
5 Sing praises to the Lord! Play music on the harps!
6 Blow trumpets and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord, our king.
7 Roar, sea, and every creature in you; sing, earth, and all who live on you!
8 Clap your hands, you rivers; you hills, sing together with joy before the Lord,
9 because he comes to rule the earth. He will rule the peoples of the world with justice and fairness.

Psalms 99

1 The Lord is king, and the people tremble. He sits on his throne above the winged creatures, and the earth shakes.
2 The Lord is mighty in Zion; he is supreme over all the nations.
3 Everyone will praise his great and majestic name. Holy is he!
4 Mighty king, you love what is right; you have established justice in Israel; you have brought righteousness and fairness.
5 Praise the Lord our God; worship before his throne! Holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron were his priests, and Samuel was one who prayed to him; they called to the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they obeyed the laws and commands that he gave them.
8 O Lord, our God, you answered your people; you showed them that you are a God who forgives, even though you punished them for their sins.
9 Praise the Lord our God, and worship at his sacred hill! The Lord our God is holy.

Psalms 100

1 Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Worship the Lord with joy; come before him with happy songs!
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock.
4 Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving; go into its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise him.
5 The Lord is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts forever.

Psalms 101

1 My song is about loyalty and justice, and I sing it to you, O Lord.
2 My conduct will be faultless. When will you come to me? I will live a pure life in my house
3 and will never tolerate evil. I hate the actions of those who turn away from God; I will have nothing to do with them.
4 I will not be dishonest and will have no dealings with evil.
5 I will get rid of anyone who whispers evil things about someone else; I will not tolerate anyone who is proud and arrogant.
6 I will approve of those who are faithful to God and will let them live in my palace. Those who are completely honest will be allowed to serve me.
7 No liar will live in my palace; no hypocrite will remain in my presence.
8 Day after day I will destroy the wicked in our land; I will expel all who are evil from the city of the Lord.

Psalms 102

1 Listen to my prayer, O Lord, and hear my cry for help!
2 When I am in trouble, don't turn away from me! Listen to me, and answer me quickly when I call!
3 My life is disappearing like smoke; my body is burning like fire.
4 I am beaten down like dry grass; I have lost my desire for food.
5 I groan aloud; I am nothing but skin and bones.
6 I am like a wild bird in the desert, like an owl in abandoned ruins.
7 I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on a housetop.
8 All day long my enemies insult me; those who mock me use my name in cursing.
9 Because of your anger and fury, ashes are my food, and my tears are mixed with my drink. You picked me up and threw me away.
11 My life is like the evening shadows; I am like dry grass.
12 But you, O Lord, are king forever; all generations will remember you.
13 You will rise and take pity on Zion; the time has come to have mercy on her; this is the right time.
14 Your servants love her, even though she is destroyed; they have pity on her, even though she is in ruins.
15 The nations will fear the Lord; all the kings of the earth will fear his power.
16 When the Lord rebuilds Zion, he will reveal his greatness.
17 He will hear his forsaken people and listen to their prayer.
18 Write down for the coming generation what the Lord has done, so that people not yet born will praise him.
19 The Lord looked down from his holy place on high, he looked down from heaven to earth.
20 He heard the groans of prisoners and set free those who were condemned to die.
21 And so his name will be proclaimed in Zion, and he will be praised in Jerusalem
22 when nations and kingdoms come together and worship the Lord.
23 The Lord has made me weak while I am still young; he has shortened my life.
24 O God, do not take me away now before I grow old. O Lord, you live forever;
25 long ago you created the earth, and with your own hands you made the heavens.
26 They will disappear, but you will remain; they will all wear out like clothes. You will discard them like clothes, and they will vanish.
27 But you are always the same, and your life never ends.
28 Our children will live in safety, and under your protection their descendants will be secure.