1121Praise the LORD!
Happy is the person who honours the LORD,
who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.
2The good man's children will be powerful in the land;
his descendants will be blessed.
3His family will be wealthy and rich,
and he will be prosperous for ever.
4Light shines in the darkness for good people,
for those who are merciful, kind, and just.
5Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,
who runs his business honestly.
6A good person will never fail;
he will always be remembered.
7He is not afraid of receiving bad news;
his faith is strong, and he trusts in the LORD.
8He is not worried or afraid;
he is certain to see his enemies defeated.
He gives generously to the needy,
and his kindness never fails;
he will be powerful and respected.
10The wicked see this and are angry;
they glare in hate and disappear;
their hopes are gone for ever.
1131Praise the LORD!
You servants of the LORD,
praise his name!
2May his name be praised,
now and for ever.
3From the east to the west
praise the name of the LORD!
4The LORD rules over all nations;
his glory is above the heavens.
5There is no one like the LORD our God.
He lives in the heights above,
6but he bends down
to see the heavens and the earth.
7He raises the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from their misery
8and makes them companions of princes,
the princes of his people.
9He honours the childless wife in her home;
he makes her happy by giving her children.
Praise the LORD!
When the people of Israel left Egypt,
when Jacob's descendants left that foreign land,
2Judah became the Lord's holy people,
Israel became his own possession.
The Red Sea looked and ran away;
the River Jordan stopped flowing.
4The mountains skipped like goats;
the hills jumped about like lambs.
5What happened, Sea, to make you run away?
And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing?
6You mountains, why did you skip like goats?
You hills, why did you jump about like lambs?
7Tremble, earth, at the Lord's coming,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who changes rocks into pools of water
and solid cliffs into flowing springs.