Good News Translation (GNB)
135

A Hymn of Praise

1351Praise the LORD!

Praise his name, you servants of the LORD,

2who stand in the LORD's house,

in the Temple of our God.

3Praise the LORD, because he is good;

sing praises to his name, because he is kind.135.3 he is kind; or it is pleasant to do so.

4He chose Jacob for himself,

the people of Israel for his own.

5I know that our LORD is great,

greater than all the gods.

6He does whatever he wishes

in heaven and on earth,

in the seas and in the depths below.

7He brings storm clouds from the ends of the earth;

he makes lightning for the storms,

and he brings out the wind from his storeroom.

8In Egypt he killed all the firstborn

of people and animals alike.

9There he performed miracles and wonders

to punish the king and all his officials.

10He destroyed many nations

and killed powerful kings:

11Sihon, king of the Amorites,

Og, king of Bashan,

and all the kings in Canaan.

12He gave their lands to his people;

he gave them to Israel.

13LORD, you will always be proclaimed as God;

all generations will remember you.

14The LORD will defend his people;

he will take pity on his servants.

15

135.15–18:
Ps 115.4–8
Rev 9.20
The gods of the nations are made of silver and gold;

they are formed by human hands.

16They have mouths, but cannot speak,

and eyes, but cannot see.

17They have ears, but cannot hear;

they are not even able to breathe.

18May all who made them and who trust in them

become135.18 May allbecome; or All who made them and who trust in them will become. like the idols they have made!

19Praise the LORD, people of Israel;

praise him, you priests of God!

20Praise the LORD, you Levites;

praise him, all you that worship him!

21Praise the LORD in Zion,

in Jerusalem, his home.

Praise the LORD!

136

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

1361

136.1:
1 Chr 16.34
2 Chr 5.13
7.3
Ezra 3.11
Ps 100.5
106.1
107.1
118.1
Jer 33.11
Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;

his love is eternal.

2Give thanks to the greatest of all gods;

his love is eternal.

3Give thanks to the mightiest of all lords;

his love is eternal.

4He alone performs great miracles;

his love is eternal.

5

136.5:
Gen 1.1
By his wisdom he made the heavens;

his love is eternal;

6

136.6:
Gen 1.2
he built the earth on the deep waters;

his love is eternal.

7

136.7–9:
Gen 1.16
He made the sun and the moon;

his love is eternal;

8the sun to rule over the day;

his love is eternal;

9the moon and the stars to rule over the night;

his love is eternal.

10

136.10:
Ex 12.29
He killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians;

his love is eternal.

11

136.11:
Ex 12.51
He led the people of Israel out of Egypt;

his love is eternal;

12with his strong hand, his powerful arm;

his love is eternal.

13

136.13–15:
Ex 14.21–29
He divided the Red Sea;

his love is eternal;

14he led his people through it;

his love is eternal;

15but he drowned the king of Egypt and his army;

his love is eternal.

16He led his people through the desert;

his love is eternal.

17He killed powerful kings;

his love is eternal;

18he killed famous kings;

his love is eternal;

19

136.19:
Num 21.21–30
Sihon, king of the Amorites;

his love is eternal;

20

136.20:
Num 21.31–35
and Og, king of Bashan;

his love is eternal.

21He gave their lands to his people;

his love is eternal;

22he gave them to Israel, his servant;

his love is eternal.

23He did not forget us when we were defeated;

his love is eternal;

24he freed us from our enemies;

his love is eternal.

25He gives food to every living creature;

his love is eternal.

26Give thanks to the God of heaven;

his love is eternal.

137

A Lament of Israelites in Exile

1371By the rivers of Babylon we sat down;

there we wept when we remembered Zion.

2On the willows near by

we hung up our harps.

3Those who captured us told us to sing;

they told us to entertain them:

“Sing us a song about Zion.”

4How can we sing a song to the LORD

in a foreign land?

5May I never be able to play the harp again

if I forget you, Jerusalem!

6May I never be able to sing again

if I do not remember you,

if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!

7Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did

the day Jerusalem was captured.

Remember how they kept saying,

“Tear it down to the ground!”

8

137.8:
Rev 18.6
Babylon, you will be destroyed.

Happy are those who pay you back

for what you have done to us —

9who take your babies

and smash them against a rock.