1Praise the LORD!
Happy is the person who honours the LORD,
who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.
2The good man's children will be powerful in the land;
his descendants will be blessed.
3His family will be wealthy and rich,
and he will be prosperous for ever.
4Light shines in the darkness for good people,
for those who are merciful, kind, and just.
5Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,
who runs his business honestly.
6A good person will never fail;
he will always be remembered.
7He is not afraid of receiving bad news;
his faith is strong, and he trusts in the LORD.
8He is not worried or afraid;
he is certain to see his enemies defeated.
9He gives generously to the needy,
and his kindness never fails;
he will be powerful and respected.
10The wicked see this and are angry;
they glare in hate and disappear;
their hopes are gone for ever.
You servants of the LORD,
praise his name!
2May his name be praised,
now and for ever.
3From the east to the west
praise the name of the LORD!
4The LORD rules over all nations;
his glory is above the heavens.
5There is no one like the LORD our God.
He lives in the heights above,
6but he bends down
to see the heavens and the earth.
7He raises the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from their misery
8and makes them companions of princes,
the princes of his people.
9He honours the childless wife in her home;
he makes her happy by giving her children.
Praise the LORD!
1When the people of Israel left Egypt,
when Jacob's descendants left that foreign land,
2Judah became the Lord's holy people,
Israel became his own possession.
3The Red Sea looked and ran away;
the River Jordan stopped flowing.
4The mountains skipped like goats;
the hills jumped about like lambs.
5What happened, Sea, to make you run away?
And you, O Jordan, why did you stop flowing?
6You mountains, why did you skip like goats?
You hills, why did you jump about like lambs?
7Tremble, earth, at the Lord's coming,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8who changes rocks into pools of water
and solid cliffs into flowing springs.
1To you alone, O LORD, to you alone,
and not to us, must glory be given
because of your constant love and faithfulness.
2Why should the nations ask us,
“Where is your God?”
3Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever he wishes.
4Their gods are made of silver and gold,
formed by human hands.
5They have mouths, but cannot speak,
and eyes, but cannot see.
6They have ears, but cannot hear,
and noses, but cannot smell.
7They have hands, but cannot feel,
and feet, but cannot walk;
they cannot make a sound.
8May all who made them and who trust in them
become like the idols they have made.
9Trust in the LORD, you people of Israel.
He helps you and protects you.
10Trust in the LORD, you priests of God.
11Trust in the LORD, all you that worship him.
12The LORD remembers us and will bless us;
he will bless the people of Israel
and all the priests of God.
13He will bless everyone who honours him,
the great and the small alike.
14May the LORD give you children —
you and your descendants!
15May you be blessed by the LORD,
who made heaven and earth!
16Heaven belongs to the LORD alone,
but he gave the earth to the human race.
17The LORD is not praised by the dead,
by any who go down to the land of silence.
18But we, the living, will give thanks to him
1I love the LORD, because he hears me;
he listens to my prayers.
2He listens to me
every time I call to him.
3The danger of death was all round me;
the horrors of the grave closed in on me;
I was filled with fear and anxiety.
4Then I called to the LORD,
“I beg you, LORD, save me!”
5The LORD is merciful and good;
our God is compassionate.
6The LORD protects the helpless;
when I was in danger, he saved me.
7Be confident, my heart,
because the LORD has been good to me.
8The LORD saved me from death;
he stopped my tears
and kept me from defeat.
9And so I walk in the presence of the LORD
in the world of the living.
10I kept on believing, even when I said,
“I am completely crushed,”
11even when I was afraid and said,
“No one can be trusted.”
12What can I offer the LORD
for all his goodness to me?
13I will bring a wine offering to the LORD,
to thank him for saving me.
14In the assembly of all his people
I will give him what I have promised.
15How painful it is to the LORD
when one of his people dies!
16I am your servant, LORD;
I serve you, just as my mother did.
You have saved me from death.
17I will give you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and offer my prayer to you.
18-19In the assembly of all your people,
in the sanctuary of your Temple in Jerusalem,
I will give you what I have promised.
1Praise the LORD, all nations!
Praise him, all peoples!
2His love for us is strong
and his faithfulness is eternal.
1Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good,
and his love is eternal.
2Let the people of Israel say,
“His love is eternal.”
3Let the priests of God say,
4Let all who worship him say,
5In my distress I called to the LORD;
he answered me and set me free.
6The LORD is with me, I will not be afraid;
what can anyone do to me?
7It is the LORD who helps me,
and I will see my enemies defeated.
8It is better to trust in the LORD
than to depend on human beings.
9It is better to trust in the LORD
than to depend on human leaders.
10Many enemies were round me;
but I destroyed them by the power of the LORD!
11They were round me on every side;
12They swarmed round me like bees,
but they burnt out as quickly as a fire among thorns;
by the power of the LORD I destroyed them.
13I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated,
but the LORD helped me.
14The LORD makes me powerful and strong;
he has saved me.
15Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God's people:
“The LORD's mighty power has done it!
16His power has brought us victory —
his mighty power in battle!”
17I will not die; instead, I will live
and proclaim what the LORD has done.
18He has punished me severely,
but he has not let me die.
19Open to me the gates of the Temple;
I will go in and give thanks to the LORD!
20This is the gate of the LORD;
only the righteous can come in.
21I praise you, LORD, because you heard me,
because you have given me victory.
22The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
turned out to be the most important of all.
23This was done by the LORD;
what a wonderful sight it is!
24This is the day of the LORD's victory;
let us be happy, let us celebrate!
25Save us, LORD, save us!
Give us success, O LORD!
26May God bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
From the Temple of the LORD we bless you.
27The LORD is God; he has been good to us.
With branches in your hands, start the festival
and march round the altar.
28You are my God, and I give you thanks;
I will proclaim your greatness.
29Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good,
1Happy are those whose lives are faultless,
who live according to the law of the LORD.
2Happy are those who follow his commands,
who obey him with all their heart.
3They never do wrong;
they walk in the LORD's ways.
4LORD, you have given us your laws
and told us to obey them faithfully.
5How I hope that I shall be faithful
in keeping your instructions!
6If I pay attention to all your commands,
then I will not be put to shame.
7As I learn your righteous judgements,
I will praise you with a pure heart.
8I will obey your laws;
never abandon me!
9How can young people keep their lives pure?
By obeying your commands.
10With all my heart I try to serve you;
keep me from disobeying your commandments.
11I keep your law in my heart,
so that I will not sin against you.
12I praise you, O LORD;
teach me your ways.
13I will repeat aloud
all the laws you have given.
14I delight in following your commands
more than in having great wealth.
15I study your instructions;
I examine your teachings.
16I take pleasure in your laws;
your commands I will not forget.
17Be good to me, your servant,
so that I may live and obey your teachings.
18Open my eyes, so that I may see
the wonderful truths in your law.
19I am here on earth for just a little while;
do not hide your commands from me.
20My heart aches with longing;
I want to know your judgements at all times.
21You reprimand the proud;
cursed are those who disobey your commands.
22Free me from their insults and scorn,
because I have kept your laws.
23The rulers meet and plot against me,
but I will study your teachings.
24Your instructions give me pleasure;
they are my advisers.
25I lie defeated in the dust;
revive me, as you have promised.
26I confessed all I have done, and you answered me;
27Help me to understand your laws,
and I will meditate on your wonderful teachings.
28I am overcome by sorrow;
strengthen me, as you have promised.
29Keep me from going the wrong way,
and in your goodness teach me your law.
30I have chosen to be obedient;
I have paid attention to your judgements.
31I have followed your instructions, LORD;
don't let me be put to shame.
32I will eagerly obey your commands,
because you will give me more understanding.