1Praise the LORD!
Praise his name, you servants of the LORD,
2who stand in the LORD's house,
in the Temple of our God.
3Praise the LORD, because he is good;
sing praises to his name, because he is kind.
4He chose Jacob for himself,
the people of Israel for his own.
5I know that our LORD is great,
greater than all the gods.
6He does whatever he wishes
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in the depths below.
7He brings storm clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning for the storms,
and he brings out the wind from his storeroom.
8In Egypt he killed all the firstborn
of people and animals alike.
9There he performed miracles and wonders
to punish the king and all his officials.
10He destroyed many nations
and killed powerful kings:
11Sihon, king of the Amorites,
Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kings in Canaan.
12He gave their lands to his people;
he gave them to Israel.
13LORD, you will always be proclaimed as God;
all generations will remember you.
14The LORD will defend his people;
he will take pity on his servants.
15The gods of the nations are made of silver and gold;
they are formed by human hands.
16They have mouths, but cannot speak,
and eyes, but cannot see.
17They have ears, but cannot hear;
they are not even able to breathe.
18May all who made them and who trust in them
become like the idols they have made!
19Praise the LORD, people of Israel;
praise him, you priests of God!
20Praise the LORD, you Levites;
praise him, all you that worship him!
21Praise the LORD in Zion,
in Jerusalem, his home.
Praise the LORD!
1Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
2Give thanks to the greatest of all gods;
3Give thanks to the mightiest of all lords;
4He alone performs great miracles;
5By his wisdom he made the heavens;
his love is eternal;
6he built the earth on the deep waters;
7He made the sun and the moon;
8the sun to rule over the day;
9the moon and the stars to rule over the night;
10He killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians;
11He led the people of Israel out of Egypt;
12with his strong hand, his powerful arm;
13He divided the Red Sea;
14he led his people through it;
15but he drowned the king of Egypt and his army;
16He led his people through the desert;
17He killed powerful kings;
18he killed famous kings;
19Sihon, king of the Amorites;
20and Og, king of Bashan;
21He gave their lands to his people;
22he gave them to Israel, his servant;
23He did not forget us when we were defeated;
24he freed us from our enemies;
25He gives food to every living creature;
26Give thanks to the God of heaven;
1By the rivers of Babylon we sat down;
there we wept when we remembered Zion.
2On the willows near by
we hung up our harps.
3Those who captured us told us to sing;
they told us to entertain them:
“Sing us a song about Zion.”
4How can we sing a song to the LORD
in a foreign land?
5May I never be able to play the harp again
if I forget you, Jerusalem!
6May I never be able to sing again
if I do not remember you,
if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!
7Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did
the day Jerusalem was captured.
Remember how they kept saying,
“Tear it down to the ground!”
8Babylon, you will be destroyed.
Happy are those who pay you back
for what you have done to us —
9who take your babies
and smash them against a rock.