1 See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony! 2 It is like fine, scented oil on the head, running down the beard--down Aaron's beard-- running over the collar of his robes. 3 It is like dew on [Mount] Hermon, dew which comes down on Zion's mountains. That is where the LORD promised the blessing of eternal life.
1 Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, all who stand in the house of the LORD night after night. 2 Lift your hands toward the holy place, and praise the LORD. 3 May the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.
1 Hallelujah! Praise the name of the LORD. Praise him, you servants of the LORD 2 who are standing in the house of the LORD, in the courtyards of the house of our God. 3 Praise the LORD because he is good. Make music to praise his name because his name is beautiful. 4 The LORD chose Jacob to be his own and chose Israel to be his own special treasure. 5 I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all the false gods. 6 The LORD does whatever he wants in heaven or on earth, on the seas or in all the depths of the oceans. 7 He is the one who makes the clouds rise from the ends of the earth, who makes lightning for the thunderstorms, and who brings wind out of his storerooms. 8 He is the one who killed every firstborn male in Egypt. He killed humans and animals alike. 9 He sent miraculous signs and amazing things into the heart of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his officials. 10 He is the one who defeated many nations and killed mighty kings: 11 King Sihon of the Amorites, King Og of Bashan, and all the kingdoms in Canaan. 12 He gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his people Israel. 13 O LORD, your name endures forever. O LORD, you will be remembered throughout every generation. 14 The LORD will provide justice for his people and have compassion on his servants. 15 The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold. They were made by human hands. 16 They have mouths, but they cannot speak. They have eyes, but they cannot see. 17 They have ears, but they cannot hear. They cannot breathe. 18 Those who make idols end up like them. So does everyone who trusts them. 19 Descendants of Israel, praise the LORD. Descendants of Aaron, praise the LORD. 20 Descendants of Levi, praise the LORD. You people who fear the LORD, praise the LORD. 21 Thank the LORD in Zion. Thank the one who lives in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
1 Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods because his mercy endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords because his mercy endures forever. 4 Give thanks to the only one who does miraculous things-- because his mercy endures forever. 5 to the one who made the heavens by his understanding-- because his mercy endures forever. 6 to the one who spread out the earth on the water-- because his mercy endures forever. 7 to the one who made the great lights-- because his mercy endures forever. 8 the sun to rule the day-- because his mercy endures forever. 9 the moon and stars to rule the night-- because his mercy endures forever. 10 Give thanks to the one who killed the firstborn males in Egypt-- because his mercy endures forever. 11 He brought Israel out from among them-- because his mercy endures forever. 12 with a mighty hand and a powerful arm-- because his mercy endures forever. 13 Give thanks to the one who divided the Red Sea-- because his mercy endures forever. 14 He led Israel through the middle of it-- because his mercy endures forever. 15 He swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea-- because his mercy endures forever. 16 Give thanks to the one who led his people through the desert-- because his mercy endures forever. 17 Give thanks to the one who defeated powerful kings-- because his mercy endures forever. 18 He killed mighty kings-- because his mercy endures forever. 19 King Sihon of the Amorites-- because his mercy endures forever. 20 and King Og of Bashan-- because his mercy endures forever. 21 He gave their land as an inheritance-- because his mercy endures forever. 22 as an inheritance for his servant Israel-- because his mercy endures forever. 23 He remembered us when we were humiliated-- because his mercy endures forever. 24 He snatched us from the grasp of our enemies-- because his mercy endures forever. 25 He gives food to every living creature-- because his mercy endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven because his mercy endures forever.
1 By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and cried as we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our lyres on willow trees. 3 It was there that those who had captured us demanded that we sing. Those who guarded us wanted us to entertain them. [They said,] "Sing a song from Zion for us!" 4 How could we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [how to play the lyre]. 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem my highest joy. 7 O LORD, remember the people of Edom. Remember what they did the day Jerusalem [was captured]. They said, "Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundation." 8 You destructive people of Babylon, blessed is the one who pays you back with the same treatment you gave us. 9 Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and smashes them against a rock.
1 I will give thanks to you with all my heart. I will make music to praise you in front of the false gods. 2 I will bow toward your holy temple. I will give thanks to your name because of your mercy and truth. You have made your name and your promise greater than everything. 3 When I called, you answered me. You made me bold by strengthening my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth will give thanks to you, O LORD, because they have heard the promises you spoke. 5 They will sing this about the ways of the LORD: "The LORD's honor is great!" 6 Even though the LORD is high above, he sees humble people [close up], and he recognizes arrogant people from a distance. 7 Even though I walk into the middle of trouble, you guard my life against the anger of my enemies. You stretch out your hand, and your right hand saves me. 8 The LORD will do everything for me. O LORD, your mercy endures forever. Do not let go of what your hands have made.
1 O LORD, you have examined me, and you know me. 2 You alone know when I sit down and when I get up. You read my thoughts from far away. 3 You watch me when I travel and when I rest. You are familiar with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a [single] word on my tongue, you know all about it, LORD. 5 You are all around me--in front of me and in back of me. You lay your hand on me. 6 Such knowledge is beyond my grasp. It is so high I cannot reach it. 7 Where can I go [to get away] from your Spirit? Where can I run [to get away] from you? 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there. 9 If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun [or] land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets, 10 even there your hand would guide me and your right hand would hold on to me. 11 If I say, "Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night," 12 even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same [to you]. 13 You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. 14 I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. 15 My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop. 16 Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day [of my life] was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place. 17 How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are! 18 If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you. 19 I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God, and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone. 20 They say wicked things about you. Your enemies misuse your name. 21 Shouldn't I hate those who hate you, O LORD? Shouldn't I be disgusted with those who attack you? 22 I hate them with all my heart. They have become my enemies. 23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts. 24 See whether I am on an evil path. Then lead me on the everlasting path.