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New Revised Standard NRS
1 Praise the LORD! Because it is good to sing praise to our God! Because it is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!
Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem, gathering up Israel's exiles.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
4 God counts the stars by number, giving each one a name.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
5 Our Lord is great and so strong! God's knowledge can't be grasped!
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD helps the poor, but throws the wicked down on the dirt!
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanks; sing praises to our God with a lyre!
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 God covers the skies with clouds; God makes rain for the earth; God makes the mountains sprout green grass.
He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.
9 God gives food to the animals— even to the baby ravens when they cry out.
He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 God doesn't prize the strength of a horse; God doesn't treasure the legs of a runner.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 No. The LORD treasures the people who honor him, the people who wait for his faithful love.
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
12 Worship the LORD, Jerusalem! Praise your God, Zion!
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 Because God secures the bars on your gates, God blesses the children you have there.
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.
14 God establishes your borders peacefully. God fills you full with the very best wheat.
He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.
15 God issues his command to the earth— God's word speeds off fast!
He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
16 God spreads snow like it was wool; God scatters frost like it was ashes;
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
17 God throws his hail down like crumbs— who can endure God's freezing cold?
He hurls down hail like crumbs— who can stand before his cold?
18 Then God issues his word and melts it all away! God makes his winds blow; the water flows again.
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
19 God proclaims his word to Jacob; his statutes and rules to Israel.
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
20 God hasn't done that with any other nation; those nations have no knowledge of God's rules. Praise the LORD!
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!
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