Good News Translation (GNB)
147

In Praise of God the Almighty

1471Praise the LORD!

It is good to sing praise to our God;

it is pleasant and right to praise him.

2The LORD is restoring Jerusalem;

he is bringing back the exiles.

3He heals the broken-hearted

and bandages their wounds.

4He has decided the number of the stars

and calls each one by name.

5Great and mighty is our Lord;

his wisdom cannot be measured.

6He raises the humble,

but crushes the wicked to the ground.

7Sing hymns of praise to the LORD;

play music on the harp to our God.

8He spreads clouds over the sky;

he provides rain for the earth

and makes grass grow on the hills.

9He gives animals their food

and feeds the young ravens when they call.

10His pleasure is not in strong horses,

nor his delight in brave soldiers;

11but he takes pleasure in those who honour him,

in those who trust in his constant love.

12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!

Praise your God, O Zion!

13He keeps your gates strong;

he blesses your people.

14He keeps your borders safe

and satisfies you with the finest wheat.

15He gives a command to the earth,

and what he says is quickly done.

16He spreads snow like a blanket

and scatters frost like dust.

17He sends hail like gravel;

no one can endure the cold he sends!

18Then he gives a command, and the ice melts;

he sends the wind, and the water flows.

19He gives his message to his people,

his instructions and laws to Israel.

20He has not done this for other nations;

they do not know his laws.

Praise the LORD!

148

A Call for the Universe to Praise God

1481Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from heaven,

you that live in the heights above.

2Praise him, all his angels,

all his heavenly armies.

3Praise him, sun and moon;

praise him, shining stars.

4Praise him, highest heavens,

and the waters above the sky.148.4 waters above the sky: See Gen 1.6–7.

5Let them all praise the name of the LORD!

He commanded, and they were created;

6by his command they were fixed in their places for ever,

and they cannot disobey.148.6 by his commanddisobey; or he has fixed them in their places for all time, by a command that lasts for ever.

7Praise the LORD from the earth,

sea monsters and all ocean depths;

8lightning and hail, snow and clouds,

strong winds that obey his command.

9Praise him, hills and mountains,

fruit trees and forests;

10all animals, tame and wild,

reptiles and birds.

11Praise him, kings and all peoples,

princes and all other rulers;

12young women and young men,

old people and children too.

13Let them all praise the name of the LORD!

His name is greater than all others;

his glory is above earth and heaven.

14He made his nation strong,

so that all his people praise him —

the people of Israel, so dear to him.

Praise the LORD!

149

A Hymn of Praise

1491Praise the LORD!

Sing a new song to the LORD;

praise him in the assembly of his faithful people!

2Be glad, Israel, because of your Creator;

rejoice, people of Zion, because of your king!

3Praise his name with dancing;

play drums and harps in praise of him.

4The LORD takes pleasure in his people;

he honours the humble with victory.

5Let God's people rejoice in their triumph

and sing joyfully all night long.

6Let them shout aloud as they praise God,

with their sharp swords in their hands

7to defeat the nations

and to punish the peoples;

8to bind their kings in chains,

their leaders in chains of iron;

9to punish the nations as God has commanded.

This is the victory of God's people.

Praise the LORD!