PSALM 135#The hymn begins and ends with an invitation to praise God (Ps 135:1–3, 19–20) for the great act of choosing Israel (Ps 135:4). The story of Israel’s emergence as a people is told in Ps 135:5–14; God created and redeemed the people, easily conquering all opposition. God’s defeat of hostile powers means that the powers themselves and their images are useless (Ps 135:15–18). The last three verses appear also in Ps 115:4–8.
Praise of God, the Ruler and Benefactor of Israel
Praise the name of the Lord!
Praise, you servants of the Lord,#a. [135:1] Ps 113:1.
2Who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!#b. [135:2] 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.#c. [135:4] 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.#d. [135:5] Ps 95:3; Ex 18:11.
6Whatever the Lord desires
he does in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the depths.#e. [135:6] 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.#f. [135:7] Ps 148:8; Jer 10:13; 51:16; Jb 37:9.
8He struck down Egypt’s firstborn,#g. [135:8–9] 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,#h. [135:10–12] 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!#i. [135:13] Ps 102:13; Ex 3:15.
14For the Lord defends his people,
shows mercy to his servants.#j. [135:14] Dt 32:36.
15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,#k. [135:15–18] 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!#l. [135:19–20] 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!