1How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!2For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.3Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
1Oh, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, you who serve at night in the house of the LORD .2Lift your hands toward the sanctuary, and praise the LORD .3May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem.
1Praise the LORD ! Praise the name of the LORD ! Praise him, you who serve the LORD,2you who serve in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.3Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.4For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel for his own special treasure.5I know the greatness of the LORD — that our Lord is greater than any other god.6The LORD does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths.7He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.8He destroyed the firstborn in each Egyptian home, both people and animals.9He performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his people.10He struck down great nations and slaughtered mighty kings—11Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan.12He gave their land as an inheritance, a special possession to his people Israel.13Your name, O LORD, endures forever; your fame, O LORD, is known to every generation.14For the LORD will give justice to his people and have compassion on his servants.15The idols of the nations are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.16They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.17They have ears but cannot hear, and mouths but cannot breathe.18And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.19O Israel, praise the LORD ! O priests—descendants of Aaron—praise the LORD !20O Levites, praise the LORD ! All you who fear the LORD, praise the LORD !21The LORD be praised from Zion, for he lives here in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD !
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.2Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever.3Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.4Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.5Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever.6Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever.7Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever.8the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever.9and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.10Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.11He brought Israel out of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.12He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever.13Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever.14He led Israel safely through, His faithful love endures forever.15but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever.16Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever.17Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings. His faithful love endures forever.18He killed powerful kings— His faithful love endures forever.19Sihon king of the Amorites, His faithful love endures forever.20and Og king of Bashan. His faithful love endures forever.21God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance— His faithful love endures forever.22a special possession to his servant Israel. His faithful love endures forever.23He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.24He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever.25He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever.26Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.
1Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem.2We put away our harps, hanging them on the branches of poplar trees.3For our captors demanded a song from us. Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: “Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!”4But how can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a pagan land?5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to play the harp.6May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.7O LORD, remember what the Edomites did on the day the armies of Babylon captured Jerusalem. “Destroy it!” they yelled. “Level it to the ground!”8O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.9Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!
1I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.2I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.3As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.4Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD, for all of them will hear your words.5Yes, they will sing about the LORD ’s ways, for the glory of the LORD is very great.6Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.7Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.8The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
1O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.2You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.3You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.4You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD .5You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!7I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!8If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.9If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,10even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.11I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—12but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.15You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.17How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!18I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!19O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!20They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.21O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?22Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.23Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.24Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.