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The Lord an Abundant Helper.
1 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help).
4 When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts and plans perish.
5 How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel),
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them,
Who keeps truth and is faithful forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets free the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the #I.e. those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God.righteous [the upright in heart].
9 The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow;
But He makes crooked the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord shall reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)