Good News Translation (GNB)
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.

138

A Prayer of ThanksgivingPs 138 Hebrew title: By David.

1381I thank you, LORD, with all my heart;

I sing praise to you before the gods.

2I face your holy Temple,

bow down, and praise your name

because of your constant love and faithfulness,

because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.138.2 Probable text your name and your commands are supreme; Hebrew your command is greater than all your name.

3You answered me when I called to you;

with your strength you strengthened me.

4All the kings in the world will praise you, LORD,

because they have heard your promises.

5They will sing about what you have done

and about your great glory.

6Even though you are so high above,

you care for the lowly,

and the proud cannot hide from you.

7When I am surrounded by troubles,

you keep me safe.

You oppose my angry enemies

and save me by your power.

8You will do everything you have promised;

LORD, your love is eternal.

Complete the work that you have begun.