Psalms 147
1Praise the Lord because he is good.
Sing praises to our God.
It is good and pleasant to praise him.
2The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem.
He brings back the Israelites who were taken as prisoners.
3He heals their broken hearts
and bandages their wounds.
4He counts the stars
and knows each of them by name.
5Our Lord is great and powerful.
There is no limit to what he knows.
6The Lord supports the humble,
but he shames the wicked.
7Give thanks to the Lord.
Praise our God with harps.
8He fills the sky with clouds.
He sends rain to the earth.
He makes the grass grow on the mountains.
9He gives food to the animals.
He feeds the young birds that cry out.
10War horses and powerful soldiers
are not what he cares about.
11The Lord enjoys people who worship him
and trust in his faithful love.
12Jerusalem, praise the Lord!
Zion, praise your God!
13He makes your gates strong,
and he blesses the people in your city.
14He brought peace to your country,
so you have plenty of grain for food.
15He gives a command to the earth,
and it quickly obeys.
16He makes the snow fall until the ground is as white as wool.
He makes sleet blow through the air like dust.
17He makes hail fall like rocks from the sky.
No one can stand the cold he sends.
18Then he gives another command, and warm air begins to blow.
The ice melts, and water begins to flow.
19He gave his commands to Jacob.
He gave his laws and rules to Israel.
20He did not do this for any other nation.
He did not teach his laws to other people.
Praise the Lord!
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