1Praise the LORD!
Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
2Who can tell all the great things he has done?
Who can praise him enough?
3Happy are those who obey his commands,
who always do what is right.
4Remember me, LORD, when you help your people;
include me when you save them.
5Let me see the prosperity of your people
and share in the happiness of your nation,
in the glad pride of those who belong to you.
6We have sinned as our ancestors did;
we have been wicked and evil.
7Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God's wonderful acts;
they forgot the many times he showed them his love,
and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them, as he had promised,
in order to show his great power.
9He gave a command to the Red Sea,
and it dried up;
he led his people across on dry land.
10He saved them from those who hated them;
he rescued them from their enemies.
11But the water drowned their enemies;
not one of them was left.
12Then his people believed his promises
and sang praises to him.
13But they quickly forgot what he had done
and acted without waiting for his advice.
14They were filled with craving in the desert
and put God to the test;
15so he gave them what they asked for,
but also sent a terrible disease among them.
16There in the desert they were jealous of Moses
and of Aaron, the LORD's holy servant.
17Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and his family;
18fire came down on their followers
and burnt up those wicked people.
19They made a gold bull calf at Sinai
and worshipped that idol;
20they exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who had saved them
by his mighty acts in Egypt.
22What wonderful things he did there!
What amazing things at the Red Sea!
23When God said that he would destroy his people,
his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God
and prevented his anger from destroying them.
24Then they rejected the pleasant land,
because they did not believe God's promise.
25They stayed in their tents and grumbled
and would not listen to the LORD.
26So he gave them a solemn warning
that he would make them die in the desert
27and scatter their descendants among the heathen,
letting them die in foreign countries.
28Then at Peor, God's people joined in the worship of Baal,
and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They stirred up the LORD's anger by their actions,
and a terrible disease broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty,
and the plague was stopped.
31This has been remembered in his favour ever since
and will be for all time to come.
32At the springs of Meribah the people made the LORD angry,
and Moses was in trouble on their account.
33They made him so bitter
that he spoke without stopping to think.
34They did not kill the heathen,
as the LORD had commanded them to do,
35but they intermarried with them
and adopted their pagan ways.
36God's people worshipped idols,
and this caused their destruction.
37They offered their own sons and daughters
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
38They killed those innocent children,
and the land was defiled by those murders.
39They made themselves impure by their actions
and were unfaithful to God.
40So the LORD was angry with his people;
he was disgusted with them.
41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen,
and their enemies ruled over them.
42They were oppressed by their enemies
and were in complete subjection to them.
43Many times the LORD rescued his people,
but they chose to rebel against him
and sank deeper into sin.
44Yet the LORD heard them when they cried out,
and he took notice of their distress.
45For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and because of his great love he relented.
46He made all their oppressors
feel sorry for them.
47Save us, O LORD our God,
and bring us back from among the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name.
48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel;
praise him now and for ever!
Let everyone say, “Amen!”
Praise the LORD!
1“Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal!”
2Repeat these words in praise to the LORD,
all you whom he has saved.
He has rescued you from your enemies
3and has brought you back from foreign countries,
from east and west, from north and south.
4Some wandered in the trackless desert
and could not find their way to a city to live in.
5They were hungry and thirsty
and had given up all hope.
6Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,
and he saved them from their distress.
7He led them by a straight road
to a city where they could live.
8They must thank the LORD for his constant love,
for the wonderful things he did for them.
9He satisfies those who are thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
10Some were living in gloom and darkness,
prisoners suffering in chains,
11because they had rebelled against the commands of Almighty God
and had rejected his instructions.
12They were worn out from hard work;
they would fall down, and no one would help.
13Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,
14He brought them out of their gloom and darkness
and broke their chains in pieces.
15They must thank the LORD for his constant love,
16He breaks down doors of bronze
and smashes iron bars.
17Some were fools, suffering because of their sins
and because of their evil;
18they couldn't stand the sight of food
and were close to death.
19Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,
20He healed them with his command
and saved them from the grave.
21They must thank the LORD for his constant love,
22They must thank him with sacrifices,
and with songs of joy must tell all that he has done.
23Some sailed over the ocean in ships,
earning their living on the seas.
24They saw what the LORD can do,
his wonderful acts on the seas.
25He commanded, and a mighty wind began to blow
and stirred up the waves.
26The ships were lifted high in the air
and plunged down into the depths.
In such danger the sailors lost their courage;
27they stumbled and staggered like drunken men —
all their skill was useless.
28Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,
29He calmed the raging storm,
and the waves became quiet.
30They were glad because of the calm,
and he brought them safe to the port they wanted.
31They must thank the LORD for his constant love,
32They must proclaim his greatness in the assembly of the people
and praise him before the council of the leaders.
33The LORD made rivers dry up completely
and stopped springs from flowing.
34He made rich soil become a salty wilderness
because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35He changed deserts into pools of water
and dry land into flowing springs.
36He let hungry people settle there,
and they built a city to live in.
37They sowed the fields and planted grapevines
and reaped an abundant harvest.
38He blessed his people, and they had many children;
he kept their herds of cattle from decreasing.
39When God's people were defeated and humiliated
by cruel oppression and suffering,
40he showed contempt for their oppressors
and made them wander in trackless deserts.
41But he rescued the needy from their misery
and made their families increase like flocks.
42The righteous see this and are glad,
but all the wicked are put to silence.
43May those who are wise think about these things;
may they consider the LORD's constant love.
1I have complete confidence, O God!
I will sing and praise you!
Wake up, my soul!
2Wake up, my harp and lyre!
I will wake up the sun.
3I will thank you, O LORD, among the nations.
I will praise you among the peoples.
4Your constant love reaches above the heavens;
your faithfulness touches the skies.
5Show your greatness in the sky, O God,
and your glory over all the earth.
6Save us by your might; answer my prayer,
so that the people you love may be rescued.
7From his sanctuary God has said,
“In triumph I will divide Shechem
and distribute the Valley of Sukkoth to my people.
8Gilead is mine, and Manasseh too;
Ephraim is my helmet
and Judah my royal sceptre.
9But I will use Moab as my washbasin
and I will throw my sandals on Edom,
as a sign that I own it.
I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.”
10Who, O God, will take me into the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11Have you really rejected us?
Aren't you going to march out with our armies?
12Help us against the enemy;
human help is worthless.
13With God on our side we will win;
he will defeat our enemies.
1I praise you, God; don't remain silent!
2Wicked people and liars have attacked me.
They tell lies about me
3and they say evil things about me,
attacking me for no reason.
4They oppose me, even though I love them
and have prayed for them.
5They pay me back evil for good
and hatred for love.
6Choose some corrupt judge to try my enemy,
and let one of his own enemies accuse him.
7May he be tried and found guilty;
may even his prayer be considered a crime!
8May his life soon be ended;
may someone else take his job!
9May his children become orphans,
and his wife a widow!
10May his children be homeless beggars;
may they be driven from the ruins they live in!
11May his creditors take away all his property,
and may strangers get everything he worked for.
12May no one ever be kind to him
or care for the orphans he leaves behind.
13May all his descendants die,
and may his name be forgotten in the next generation.
14May the LORD remember the evil of his ancestors
and never forgive his mother's sins.
15May the LORD always remember their sins,
but may they themselves be completely forgotten!
16That man never thought of being kind;
he persecuted and killed
the poor, the needy, and the helpless.
17He loved to curse — may he be cursed!
He hated to give blessings — may no one bless him!
18He cursed as naturally as he dressed himself;
may his own curses soak into his body like water
and into his bones like oil!
19May they cover him like clothes
and always be round him like a belt!
20LORD, punish my enemies in that way —
those who say such evil things against me!
21But my Sovereign LORD, help me as you have promised,
and rescue me because of the goodness of your love.
22I am poor and needy;
I am hurt to the depths of my heart.
23Like an evening shadow I am about to vanish;
I am blown away like an insect.
24My knees are weak from lack of food;
I am nothing but skin and bones.
25When people see me, they laugh at me;
they shake their heads in scorn.
26Help me, O LORD my God;
because of your constant love, save me!
27Make my enemies know
that you are the one who saves me.
28They may curse me, but you will bless me.
May my persecutors be defeated,
and may I, your servant, be glad.
29May my enemies be covered with disgrace;
may they wear their shame like a robe.
30I will give loud thanks to the LORD;
I will praise him in the assembly of the people,
31because he defends the poor
and saves them from those who condemn them to death.
1The LORD said to my lord,
“Sit here at my right
until I put your enemies under your feet.”
2From Zion the LORD will extend your royal power.
“Rule over your enemies,” he says.
3On the day you fight your enemies,
your people will volunteer.
Like the dew of early morning
your young men will come to you on the sacred hills.
4The LORD made a solemn promise and will not take it back:
“You will be a priest for ever
in the priestly order of Melchizedek.”
5The Lord is at your right side;
when he becomes angry, he will defeat kings.
6He will pass judgement on the nations
and fill the battlefield with corpses;
he will defeat kings all over the earth.
7The king will drink from the stream by the road,
and strengthened, he will stand victorious.
With all my heart I will thank the LORD
in the assembly of his people.
2How wonderful are the things the LORD does!
All who are delighted with them want to understand them.
3All he does is full of honour and majesty;
his righteousness is eternal.
4The LORD does not let us forget his wonderful actions;
he is kind and merciful.
5He provides food for those who honour him;
he never forgets his covenant.
6He has shown his power to his people
by giving them the lands of foreigners.
7In all he does he is faithful and just;
all his commands are dependable.
8They last for all time;
they were given in truth and righteousness.
9He set his people free
and made an eternal covenant with them.
Holy and mighty is he!
10The way to become wise is to honour the LORD;
he gives sound judgement to all who obey his commands.
He is to be praised for ever.