1 Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise his holy name, all that is within me. 2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done: 3 He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases, 4 the one who rescues your life from the pit, the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion, 5 the one who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle. 6 The LORD does what is right and fair for all who are oppressed. 7 He let Moses know his ways. He let the Israelites know the things he had done. 8 The LORD is compassionate, merciful, patient, and always ready to forgive. 9 He will not always accuse us of wrong or be angry [with us] forever. 10 He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs. 11 As high as the heavens are above the earth-- that is how vast his mercy is toward those who fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west-- that is how far he has removed our rebellious acts from himself. 13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him. 14 He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust. 15 Human life is as short-lived as grass. It blossoms like a flower in the field. 16 When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD's mercy is on those who fear him. His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren, 18 to those who are faithful to his promise, to those who remember to follow his guiding principles. 19 The LORD has set his throne in heaven. His kingdom rules everything. 20 Praise the LORD, all his angels, you mighty beings who carry out his orders and are ready to obey his spoken orders. 21 Praise the LORD, all his armies, his servants who carry out his will. 22 Praise the LORD, all his creatures in all the places of his empire. Praise the LORD, my soul!
1 Praise the LORD, my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty. 2 You cover yourself with light as though it were a robe. You stretch out the heavens as though they were curtains. 3 You lay the beams of your home in the water. You use the clouds for your chariot. You move on the wings of the wind. 4 You make your angels winds and your servants flames of fire. 5 You set the earth on its foundations so that it can never be shaken. 6 You covered the earth with an ocean as though it were a robe. Water stood above the mountains 7 and fled because of your threat. Water ran away at the sound of your thunder. 8 The mountains rose and the valleys sank to the place you appointed for them. 9 Water cannot cross the boundary you set and cannot come back to cover the earth. 10 You make water gush from springs into valleys. It flows between the mountains. 11 Every wild animal drinks [from them]. Wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds live by the streams. They sing among the branches. 13 You water the mountains from your home above. You fill the earth with the fruits of your labors. 14 You make grass grow for cattle and make vegetables for humans to use in order to get food from the ground. 15 You make wine to cheer human hearts, olive oil to make faces shine, and bread to strengthen human hearts. 16 The LORD's trees, the cedars in Lebanon which he planted, drink their fill. 17 Birds build their nests in them. Storks make their homes in fir trees. 18 The high mountains are for wild goats. The rocks are a refuge for badgers. 19 He created the moon, which marks the seasons, and the sun, which knows when to set. 20 He brings darkness, and it is nighttime, when all the wild animals in the forest come out. 21 The young lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they gather and lie down in their dens. 23 Then people go to do their work, to do their tasks until evening. 24 What a large number of things you have made, O LORD! You made them all by wisdom. The earth is filled with your creatures. 25 The sea is so big and wide with countless creatures, living things both large and small. 26 Ships sail on it, and Leviathan, which you made, plays in it. 27 All of them look to you to give them their food at the right time. 28 You give it to them, and they gather it up. You open your hand, and they are filled with blessings. 29 You hide your face, and they are terrified. You take away their breath, and they die and return to dust. 30 You send out your Spirit, and they are created. You renew the face of the earth. 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever. May the LORD find joy in what he has made. 32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the LORD throughout my life. I will make music to praise my God as long as I live. 34 May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I will find joy in the LORD. 35 May sinners vanish from the world. May there no longer be any wicked people. Praise the LORD, my soul! Hallelujah!
1 Give thanks to the LORD. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him. Make music to praise him. Meditate on all the miracles he has performed. 3 Brag about his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 4 Search for the LORD and his strength. Always seek his presence. 5 Remember the miracles he performed, the amazing things he did, and the judgments he pronounced, 6 you descendants of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He is the LORD our God. His judgments are pronounced throughout the earth. 8 He always remembers his promise, the word that he commanded for a thousand generations, 9 the promise that he made to Abraham, and his sworn oath to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it as a law for Jacob, as an everlasting promise to Israel, 11 by saying, "I will give you the land of Canaan. It is your share of the inheritance." 12 While the people of Israel were few in number, a small group of foreigners living in that land, 13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 14 He didn't permit anyone to oppress them. He warned kings about them: 15 "Do not touch my anointed ones or harm my prophets." 16 He brought famine to the land. He took away their food supply. 17 He sent a man ahead of them. He sent Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18 They hurt his feet with shackles, and cut into his neck with an iron collar. 19 The LORD's promise tested him through fiery trials until his prediction came true. 20 The king sent someone to release him. The ruler of nations set him free. 21 He made Joseph the master of his palace and the ruler of all his possessions. 22 Joseph trained the king's officers the way he wanted and taught his respected leaders wisdom. 23 Then Israel came to Egypt. Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham. 24 The LORD made his people grow rapidly in number and stronger than their enemies. 25 He changed their minds so that they hated his people, and they dealt treacherously with his servants. 26 He sent his servant Moses, and he sent Aaron, whom he had chosen. 27 They displayed his miraculous signs among them and did amazing things in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness and made [their land] dark. They did not rebel against his orders. 29 He turned their water into blood and caused their fish to die. 30 He made their land swarm with frogs, even in the kings' bedrooms. 31 He spoke, and swarms of flies and gnats infested their whole territory. 32 He gave them hail and lightning instead of rain throughout their land. 33 He struck their grapevines and fig trees and smashed the trees in their territory. 34 He spoke, and countless locusts and grasshoppers came. 35 They devoured all the plants in the land. They devoured the crops in the fields. 36 He killed all the firstborn sons, the first ones born in the land when their fathers were young. 37 He brought Israel out with silver and gold, and no one among his tribes stumbled. 38 The Egyptians were terrified of Israel, so they were glad when Israel left. 39 He spread out a cloud as a protective covering and a fire to light up the night. 40 The Israelites asked, and he brought them quail and filled them with bread from heaven. 41 He opened a rock, and water gushed and flowed like a river through the dry places. 42 He remembered his holy promise to his servant Abraham. 43 He brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with a song of joy. 44 He gave them the lands of [other] nations, and they inherited what others had worked for 45 so that they would obey his laws and follow his teachings. Hallelujah!