Good News Translation (GNB)
102

The Prayer of a Troubled YouthPs 102 Hebrew title: A prayer by a weary sufferer who pours out his complaints to the LORD.

1021Listen to my prayer, O LORD,

and hear my cry for help!

2When I am in trouble,

don't turn away from me!

Listen to me,

and answer me quickly when I call!

3My life is disappearing like smoke;

my body is burning like fire.

4I am beaten down like dry grass;

I have lost my desire for food.

5I groan aloud;

I am nothing but skin and bones.

6I am like a wild bird in the desert,

like an owl in abandoned ruins.

7I lie awake;

I am like a lonely bird on a housetop.

8All day long my enemies insult me;

those who mock me use my name in cursing.

9-10Because of your anger and fury,

ashes are my food,

and my tears are mixed with my drink.

You picked me up and threw me away.

11My life is like the evening shadows;

I am like dry grass.

12But you, O LORD, are king for ever;

all generations will remember you.

13You will rise and take pity on Zion;

the time has come to have mercy on her;

this is the right time.

14Your servants love her,

even though she is destroyed;

they have pity on her,

even though she is in ruins.

15The nations will fear the LORD;

all the kings of the earth will fear his power.

16When the LORD rebuilds Zion,

he will reveal his greatness.

17He will hear his forsaken people

and listen to their prayer.

18Write down for the coming generation what the LORD has done,

so that people not yet born will praise him.

19The LORD looked down from his holy place on high,

he looked down from heaven to earth.

20He heard the groans of prisoners

and set free those who were condemned to die.

21And so his name will be proclaimed in Zion,

and he will be praised in Jerusalem

22when nations and kingdoms come together

and worship the LORD.

23The LORD has made me weak while I am still young;

he has shortened my life.

24O God, do not take me away now

before I grow old.

O LORD, you live for ever;

25

102.25–27:
Heb 1.10–12
long ago you created the earth,

and with your own hands you made the heavens.

26They will disappear, but you will remain;

they will all wear out like clothes.

You will discard them like clothes,

and they will vanish.

27But you are always the same,

and your life never ends.

28Our children will live in safety,

and under your protection

their descendants will be secure.

103

The Love of GodPs 103 Hebrew title: By David.

1031Praise the LORD, my soul!

All my being, praise his holy name!

2Praise the LORD, my soul,

and do not forget how kind he is.

3He forgives all my sins

and heals all my diseases.

4He keeps me from the grave

and blesses me with love and mercy.

5He fills my life103.5 Probable text my life; Hebrew unclear. with good things,

so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.

6The LORD judges in favour of the oppressed

and gives them their rights.

7He revealed his plans to Moses

and let the people of Israel see his mighty deeds.

8

103.8:
Jas 5.11
The LORD is merciful and loving,

slow to become angry and full of constant love.

9He does not keep on rebuking;

he is not angry for ever.

10He does not punish us as we deserve

or repay us according to our sins and wrongs.

11As high as the sky is above the earth,

so great is his love for those who honour him.

12As far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our sins from us.

13As a father is kind to his children,

so the LORD is kind to those who honour him.

14He knows what we are made of;

he remembers that we are dust.

15As for us, our life is like grass.

We grow and flourish like a wild flower;

16then the wind blows on it, and it is gone —

no one sees it again.

17But for those who honour the LORD, his love lasts for ever,

and his goodness endures for all generations

18of those who are true to his covenant

and who faithfully obey his commands.

19The LORD placed his throne in heaven;

he is king over all.

20Praise the LORD, you strong and mighty angels,

who obey his commands,

who listen to what he says.

21Praise the LORD, all you heavenly powers,

you servants of his, who do his will!

22Praise the LORD, all his creatures

in all the places he rules.

Praise the LORD, my soul!

104

In Praise of the Creator

1041Praise the LORD, my soul!

O LORD, my God, how great you are!

You are clothed with majesty and glory;

2you cover yourself with light.

You have spread out the heavens like a tent

3and built your home on the waters above.104.3 the waters above: A reference to the waters above the celestial dome (Gen 1.6–7).

You use the clouds as your chariot

and ride on the wings of the wind.

4

104.4:
Heb 1.7
You use the winds as your messengers

and flashes of lightning as your servants.

5You have set the earth firmly on its foundations,

and it will never be moved.

6You placed the ocean over it like a robe,

and the water covered the mountains.

7When you rebuked the waters, they fled;

they rushed away when they heard your shout of command.

8They flowed over the mountains and into the valleys,

to the place you had made for them.

9You set a boundary they can never pass,

to keep them from covering the earth again.

10You make springs flow in the valleys,

and rivers run between the hills.

11They provide water for the wild animals;

there the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12In the trees near by,

the birds make their nests and sing.

13From the sky you send rain on the hills,

and the earth is filled with your blessings.

14You make grass grow for the cattle

and plants for human beings to use,

so that they can grow their crops

15and produce wine to make them happy,

olive oil to make them cheerful,

and bread to give them strength.

16The cedars of Lebanon get plenty of rain —

the LORD's own trees, which he planted.

17There the birds build their nests;

the storks nest in the fir trees.

18The wild goats live in the high mountains,

and the rock-badgers hide in the cliffs.

19You created the moon to mark the months;

the sun knows the time to set.

20You made the night, and in the darkness

all the wild animals come out.

21The young lions roar while they hunt,

looking for the food that God provides.

22When the sun rises, they go back

and lie down in their dens.

23Then people go out to do their work

and keep working until evening.

24LORD, you have made so many things!

How wisely you made them all!

The earth is filled with your creatures.

25There is the ocean, large and wide,

where countless creatures live,

large and small alike.

26

104.26:
Job 41.1
Ps 74.14
Is 27.1
The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan,

that sea monster which you made.104.26 in it playsmade; or Leviathan is there, that sea monster you made to amuse you.

27All of them depend on you

to give them food when they need it.

28You give it to them, and they eat it;

you provide food, and they are satisfied.

29When you turn away, they are afraid;

when you take away your breath, they die

and go back to the dust from which they came.

30But when you give them breath,104.30 give them breath; or send out your spirit. they are created;

you give new life to the earth.

31May the glory of the LORD last for ever!

May the LORD be happy with what he has made!

32He looks at the earth, and it trembles;

he touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.

33I will sing to the LORD all my life;

as long as I live I will sing praises to my God.

34May he be pleased with my song,

for my gladness comes from him.

35May sinners be destroyed from the earth;

may the wicked be no more.

Praise the LORD, my soul!

Praise the LORD!