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Psalms 133

1 How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in peace!
2 It's like the special olive oil that was poured on Aaron's head. It ran down on his beard and on the collar of his robe.
3 It's as if the dew of Mount Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. There the LORD gives his blessing. He gives life that never ends.

Psalms 134

1 All of you who serve the Lord, praise the Lord. All of you who serve at night in the house of the Lord, praise him.
2 Lift up your hands in the temple and praise the Lord.
3 May the LORD bless you from Zion. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 135

1 Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord. You who serve the Lord, praise him.
2 You who serve in the house of the Lord, praise him. You who serve in the courtyards of the temple of our God, praise him.
3 Praise the Lord, because he is good. Sing praise to his name, because that is pleasant.
4 The LORD has chosen the people of Jacob to be his own. He has chosen Israel to be his special treasure.
5 I know that the LORD is great. I know that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The LORD does anything he wants to do in the heavens and on the earth. He does it even in the deepest parts of the oceans.
7 He makes clouds rise from one end of the earth to the other. He sends lightning with the rain. He brings the wind out of his storerooms.
8 He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt. He struck down the oldest males that were born to people and animals.
9 He did miraculous signs in Egypt. He did wonders against Pharaoh and everyone who served him.
10 He destroyed many nations. He killed mighty kings.
11 He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan. He killed all of the kings of Canaan.
12 He gave their land as a gift to his people Israel.
13 Lord, your name continues forever. Lord, your fame will last for all time to come.
14 When the LORD hands down his sentence, it will be in his people's favor. He will show deep concern for those who serve him.
15 The statues of the gods of the nations are made of silver and gold. They are made by the hands of men.
16 They have mouths, but they can't speak. They have eyes, but they can't see.
17 They have ears, but they can't hear. They have mouths, but they can't breathe.
18 Those who make statues of gods will be like them. So will all those who trust in them.
19 People of Israel, praise the Lord. Priests of Aaron, praise the Lord.
20 Tribe of Levi, praise the Lord. You who have respect for the Lord, praise him.
21 Give praise to the LORD in Zion. Give praise to the One who lives in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.

Psalms 136

1 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. "His faithful love continues forever."
2 Give thanks to the greatest God of all. "His faithful love continues forever."
3 Give thanks to the most powerful Lord of all. "His faithful love continues forever."
4 Give thanks to the only one who can do great miracles. "His faithful love continues forever."
5 By his understanding he made the heavens. "His faithful love continues forever."
6 He spread out the earth on the waters. "His faithful love continues forever."
7 He made the great lights in the sky. "His faithful love continues forever."
8 He made the sun to rule over the day. "His faithful love continues forever."
9 He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. "His faithful love continues forever."
10 Give thanks to the One who killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt. "His faithful love continues forever."
11 He brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. "His faithful love continues forever."
12 He did it by reaching out his mighty hand and powerful arm. "His faithful love continues forever."
13 Give thanks to the One who parted the Red Sea. "His faithful love continues forever."
14 He brought Israel through the middle of it. "His faithful love continues forever."
15 But he swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. "His faithful love continues forever."
16 Give thanks to the One who led his people through the desert. "His faithful love continues forever."
17 He killed great kings. "His faithful love continues forever."
18 He struck down mighty kings. "His faithful love continues forever."
19 He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites. "His faithful love continues forever."
20 He killed Og, the king of Bashan. "His faithful love continues forever."
21 He gave their land as a gift. "His faithful love continues forever."
22 He gave it as a gift to his servant Israel. "His faithful love continues forever."
23 Give thanks to the One who remembered us when things were going badly for us. "His faithful love continues forever."
24 He set us free from our enemies. "His faithful love continues forever."
25 He gives food to every creature. "His faithful love continues forever."
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. "His faithful love continues forever."

Psalms 137

1 We were sitting by the rivers of Babylon. We cried when we remembered what had happened to Zion.
2 On the nearby poplar trees we hung up our harps.
3 Those who held us as prisoners asked us to sing. Those who enjoyed hurting us ordered us to sing joyful songs. They said, "Sing one of the songs of Zion to us!"
4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while we are in another land?
5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, may my right hand never be able to play the harp again.
6 If I don't remember you, may my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth so I can't sing. May it happen if I don't consider Jerusalem to be my greatest joy.
7 Lord, remember what the people of Edom did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down!" they cried. "Tear it down to the ground!"
8 People of Babylon, you are sentenced to be destroyed. Happy are those who pay you back for what you have done to us.
9 Happy are those who grab your babies and smash them against the rocks.

Psalms 138

1 Lord, I will praise you with all my heart. In front of those who think they are gods I will sing praise to you.
2 I will bow down facing your holy temple. I will praise your name, because you are loving and faithful. You have honored your name and your word more than anything else.
3 When I called out to you, you answered me. You made me strong and brave.
4 Lord, may all of the kings on earth praise you when they hear about what you have promised.
5 Lord, may they sing about what you have done, because your glory is great.
6 The LORD is in heaven. But he watches over those who are free of pride. He knows those who are proud and stays far away from them.
7 Trouble is all around me, but you keep me alive. You reach out your hand to put a stop to the anger of my enemies. With your powerful right hand you save me.
8 Lord, you will do everything you have planned for me. Lord, your faithful love continues forever. You have done so much for us. Don't stop now.

Psalms 139

1 Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know what I'm thinking even though you are far away.
3 You know when I go out to work and when I come back home. You know exactly how I live.
4 Lord, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.
5 You are all around me. You are behind me and in front of me. You hold me in your power.
6 I'm amazed at how well you know me. It's more than I can understand.
7 How can I get away from your Spirit? Where can I go to escape from you?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there.
9 Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east and then cross over to the west where it sinks into the ocean.
10 Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.
11 Suppose I were to say, "I'm sure the darkness will hide me. The light around me will become as dark as night."
12 Even that darkness would not be dark to you. The night would shine like the day, because darkness is like light to you.
13 You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother's body.
14 How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.
15 None of my bones was hidden from you when you made me inside my mother's body. That place was as dark as the deepest parts of the earth. When you were putting me together there,
16 your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.
17 God, your thoughts about me are priceless. No one can possibly add them all up.
18 If I could count them, they would be more than the grains of sand. If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up, you would still be there with me.
19 God, I wish you would kill the people who are evil! I wish those murderers would get away from me!
20 They are your enemies. They misuse your name. They misuse it for their own evil purposes.
21 Lord, I really hate those who hate you! I really hate those who rise up against you!
22 I have nothing but hatred for them. I consider them to be my enemies.
23 God, see what is in my heart. Know what is there. Put me to the test. Know what I'm thinking.
24 See if there's anything in my life you don't like. Help me live in the way that is always right.