1Praise the Lord!
Because it is good to sing praise to our God!
Because it is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!
2The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, gathering up Israel’s exiles.
3God heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
4God counts the stars by number,
giving each one a name.
5Our Lord is great and so strong!
God’s knowledge can’t be grasped!
6The Lord helps the poor,
but throws the wicked down on the dirt!
7Sing to the Lord with thanks;
sing praises to our God with a lyre!
8God covers the skies with clouds;
God makes rain for the earth;
God makes the mountains sprout green grass.
9God gives food to the animals—
even to the baby ravens when they cry out.
10God doesn’t prize the strength of a horse;
God doesn’t treasure the legs of a runner.
11No. The Lord treasures the people
who honor him,
the people who wait for his faithful love.
12Worship the Lord, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
13Because God secures the bars on your gates,
God blesses the children you have there.
14God establishes your borders peacefully.
God fills you full with the very best wheat.
15God issues his command to the earth—
God’s word speeds off fast!
16God spreads snow like it was wool;
God scatters frost like it was ashes;
17God throws his hail down like crumbs—
who can endure God’s freezing cold?
18Then God issues his word and melts it all away!
God makes his winds blow;
the water flows again.
19God proclaims his word to Jacob;
his statutes and rules to Israel.
20God hasn’t done that with any other nation;
those nations have no knowledge of God’s rules.#LXX, Tg, DSS (11QPs a) God hasn’t let those nations know his rules.
Praise the Lord!