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!
Praise the LORD!
Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
2Who can tell all the great things he has done?
Who can praise him enough?
3Happy are those who obey his commands,
who always do what is right.
4Remember me, LORD, when you help your people;
include me when you save them.
5Let me see the prosperity of your people
and share in the happiness of your nation,
in the glad pride of those who belong to you.
6We have sinned as our ancestors did;
we have been wicked and evil.
Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God's wonderful acts;
they forgot the many times he showed them his love,
and they rebelled against the Almighty106.7 Probable text the Almighty; Hebrew the sea. at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them, as he had promised,
in order to show his great power.
He gave a command to the Red Sea,
and it dried up;
he led his people across on dry land.
10He saved them from those who hated them;
he rescued them from their enemies.
11But the water drowned their enemies;
not one of them was left.
Then his people believed his promises
and sang praises to him.
13But they quickly forgot what he had done
and acted without waiting for his advice.
They were filled with craving in the desert
and put God to the test;
15so he gave them what they asked for,
but also sent a terrible disease among them.
There in the desert they were jealous of Moses
and of Aaron, the LORD's holy servant.
17Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and his family;
18fire came down on their followers
and burnt up those wicked people.
They made a gold bull calf at Sinai
and worshipped that idol;
20they exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who had saved them
by his mighty acts in Egypt.
22What wonderful things he did there!
What amazing things at the Red Sea!
23When God said that he would destroy his people,
his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God
and prevented his anger from destroying them.
Then they rejected the pleasant land,
because they did not believe God's promise.
25They stayed in their tents and grumbled
and would not listen to the LORD.
26So he gave them a solemn warning
that he would make them die in the desert
and scatter their descendants among the heathen,
letting them die in foreign countries.
Then at Peor, God's people joined in the worship of Baal,
and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They stirred up the LORD's anger by their actions,
and a terrible disease broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty,
and the plague was stopped.
31This has been remembered in his favour ever since
and will be for all time to come.
At the springs of Meribah the people made the LORD angry,
and Moses was in trouble on their account.
33They made him so bitter
that he spoke without stopping to think.
They did not kill the heathen,
as the LORD had commanded them to do,
35but they intermarried with them
and adopted their pagan ways.
36God's people worshipped idols,
and this caused their destruction.
They offered their own sons and daughters
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
They killed those innocent children,
and the land was defiled by those murders.
39They made themselves impure by their actions
and were unfaithful to God.
So the LORD was angry with his people;
he was disgusted with them.
41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen,
and their enemies ruled over them.
42They were oppressed by their enemies
and were in complete subjection to them.
43Many times the LORD rescued his people,
but they chose to rebel against him
and sank deeper into sin.
44Yet the LORD heard them when they cried out,
and he took notice of their distress.
45For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and because of his great love he relented.
46He made all their oppressors
feel sorry for them.
Save us, O LORD our God,
and bring us back from among the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name.
48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel;
praise him now and for ever!
Let everyone say, “Amen!”
Praise the LORD!