Praise of God, the Ruler and Benefactor of Israel
Praise the name of the Lord!
Praise, you servants of the Lord,#Ps 113:1.
2Who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!#Ps 134:1.
3Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good!
Sing to his name, for it brings joy!
4#Though all nations are God’s, Israel has a special status as God’s “treasured” people: Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; Mal 3:17.For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel as his treasured possession.#Ps 33:12; 144:15; Ex 19:6; Dt 7:6.
5For I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.#Ps 95:3; Ex 18:11.
6Whatever the Lord desires
he does in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the depths.#Ps 115:3.
7It is he who raises storm clouds from the end of the earth,
makes lightning for the rain,
and brings forth wind from his storehouse.#Ps 148:8; Jer 10:13; 51:16; Jb 37:9.
8He struck down Egypt’s firstborn,#Ps 78:51; 105:27, 36; 136:10; Ex 12:29.
of human being and beast alike,
9And sent signs and wonders against you, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10It is he who struck down many nations,#Ps 136:17–22; Nm 21:21–35; Dt 2:24–3:17.
and slew mighty kings—
11Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
all the kings of Canaan—
12And made their land a heritage,
a heritage for Israel his people.
13O Lord, your name is forever,
your renown, from generation to generation!#Ps 102:13; Ex 3:15.
14For the Lord defends his people,
shows mercy to his servants.#Dt 32:36.
15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,#Ps 115:4–6, 8.
the work of human hands.
16They have mouths but do not speak;
they have eyes but do not see;
17They have ears but do not hear;
nor is there breath in their mouths.
18Their makers will become like them,
and anyone who trusts in them.
19House of Israel, bless the Lord!#Ps 118:2–4.
House of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20House of Levi, bless the Lord!
You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
who dwells in Jerusalem!