Praise the Lord, O my soul:
while I live will I praise the Lord; ♦︎
as long as I have any being,
I will sing praises to my God.
2 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in any human power, ♦︎
for there is no help in them.
3 When their breath goes forth, they return to the earth; ♦︎
on that day all their thoughts perish.
4 Happy are those who have the God of Jacob for their help, ♦︎
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
5 Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them; ♦︎
who keeps his promise for ever;
6 Who gives justice to those that suffer wrong ♦︎
and bread to those who hunger.
7 The Lord looses those that are bound; ♦︎
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
8 The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; ♦︎
the Lord loves the righteous;
9 The Lord watches over the stranger in the land;
he upholds the orphan and widow; ♦︎
but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, ♦︎
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
How good it is to make music for our God, ♦︎
how joyful to honour him with praise.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem ♦︎
and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted ♦︎
and binds up all their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars ♦︎
and calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; ♦︎
his wisdom is beyond all telling.
6 The Lord lifts up the poor, ♦︎
but casts down the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; ♦︎
make music to our God upon the lyre;
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds ♦︎
and prepares rain for the earth;
9 Who makes grass to grow upon the mountains ♦︎
and green plants to serve our needs.
10 He gives the beasts their food ♦︎
and the young ravens when they cry.
11 He takes no pleasure in the power of a horse, ♦︎
no delight in human strength;
12 But the Lord delights in those who fear him, ♦︎
who put their trust in his steadfast love.
13 Sing praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem; ♦︎
praise your God, O Zion;
14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates ♦︎
and has blest your children within you.
15 He has established peace in your borders ♦︎
and satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16 He sends forth his command to the earth ♦︎
and his word runs very swiftly.
17 He gives snow like wool ♦︎
and scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
18 He casts down his hailstones like morsels of bread; ♦︎
who can endure his frost?
19 He sends forth his word and melts them; ♦︎
he blows with his wind and the waters flow.
20 He declares his word to Jacob, ♦︎
his statutes and judgements to Israel.
21 He has not dealt so with any other nation; ♦︎
they do not know his laws.