Good News Translation (GNB)
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!

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Praise the LORD!

1501Praise the LORD!

Praise God in his Temple!

Praise his strength in heaven!

2Praise him for the mighty things he has done.

Praise his supreme greatness.

3Praise him with trumpets.

Praise him with harps and lyres.

4Praise him with drums and dancing.

Praise him with harps and flutes.

5Praise him with cymbals.

Praise him with loud cymbals.

6Praise the LORD, all living creatures!

Praise the LORD!