PSALM 146#A hymn of someone who has learned there is no other source of strength except the merciful God. Only God, not mortal human beings (Ps 146:3–4), can help vulnerable and oppressed people (Ps 146:5–9). The first of the five hymns that conclude the Psalter.
Trust in God the Creator and Redeemer
2Praise the Lord, my soul;
I will praise the Lord all my life,
sing praise to my God while I live.#a. [146:2] Ps 103:1; 104:33.
3Put no trust in princes,
in children of Adam powerless to save.#b. [146:3] Ps 118:8–9.
4Who breathing his last, returns to the earth;
that day all his planning comes to nothing.#c. [146:4] Ps 90:3; 104:29; 1 Mc 2:63; Jb 34:14–15; Eccl 3:20; 12:7; Sir 40:11; Is 2:22.
5Blessed the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord, his God,
6The maker of heaven and earth,
the seas and all that is in them,#d. [146:6] Ps 121:2; 124:8; Ex 20:11; Acts 14:15; Rev 14:7.
Who keeps faith forever,
7secures justice for the oppressed,#e. [146:7] Ps 103:6.
who gives bread to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free;#f. [146:7] Ps 68:7; Is 49:9; 61:1.
8the Lord gives sight to the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;#g. [146:8] Ps 145:14.
the Lord loves the righteous.
9The Lord protects the resident alien,
comes to the aid of the orphan and the widow,#h. [146:9] Ps 68:6; Dt 10:18.
but thwarts the way of the wicked.
10The Lord shall reign forever,
your God, Zion, through all generations!#i. [146:10] Ps 145:13; Lam 5:19.
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