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.
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!
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.
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.
The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan,
that sea monster which you made.104.26 in it plays… made; 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!
1051Give thanks to the LORD, proclaim his greatness;
tell the nations what he has done.
2Sing praise to the LORD;
tell of the wonderful things he has done.
3Be glad that we belong to him;
let all who worship him rejoice.
4Go to the LORD for help;
and worship him continually.
5-6You descendants of Abraham, his servant;
you descendants of Jacob, the man he chose:
remember the miracles that God performed
and the judgements that he gave.
7The LORD is our God;
his commands are for all the world.
8He will keep his covenant for ever,
his promises for a thousand generations.
He will keep the agreement he made with Abraham
and his promise to Isaac.
The LORD made a covenant with Jacob,
one that will last for ever.
11“I will give you the land of Canaan,” he said.
“It will be your own possession.”
12God's people were few in number,
strangers in the land of Canaan.
13They wandered from country to country,
from one kingdom to another.
But God let no one oppress them;
to protect them, he warned the kings:
15“Don't harm my chosen servants;
do not touch my prophets.”
The LORD sent famine to their country
and took away all their food.
But he sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who had been sold as a slave.
His feet were kept in chains,
and an iron collar was round his neck,
19until what he had predicted came true.
The word of the LORD proved him right.
Then the king of Egypt had him released;
the ruler of nations set him free.
He put him in charge of his government
and made him ruler over all the land,
22with power over the king's officials
and authority to instruct his advisers.
Then Jacob went to Egypt
and settled in that country.
The LORD gave many children to his people
and made them stronger than their enemies.
25He made the Egyptians hate his people
and treat his servants with deceit.
Then he sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27They did God's mighty acts
and performed miracles in Egypt.
God sent darkness on the country,
but the Egyptians did not obey105.28 Some ancient translations did not obey; Hebrew obeyed. his command.
He turned their rivers into blood
and killed all their fish.
Their country was overrun with frogs,
even the palace was filled with them.
God commanded, and flies and gnats
swarmed throughout the whole country.
He sent hail and lightning on their land
instead of rain;
33he destroyed their grapevines and fig trees
and broke down all the trees.
He commanded, and the locusts came,
countless millions of them;
35they ate all the plants in the land;
they ate all the crops.
He killed the firstborn sons
of all the families of Egypt.
Then he led the Israelites out;
they carried silver and gold,
and all of them were healthy and strong.
38The Egyptians were afraid of them
and were glad when they left.
God put a cloud over his people
and a fire at night to give them light.
They105.40 Some ancient translations They; Hebrew He. asked, and he sent quails;
he gave them food from heaven to satisfy them.
He opened a rock, and water gushed out,
flowing through the desert like a river.
42He remembered his sacred promise
to Abraham his servant.
43So he led his chosen people out,
and they sang and shouted for joy.
He gave them the lands of other peoples
and let them take over their fields,
45so that his people would obey his laws
and keep all his commands.
Praise the LORD!