i Praise the Lord!
For j it is good to sing praises to our God;
for k it is pleasant, 1 and l a song of praise is fitting.
2 The Lord m builds up Jerusalem;
he n gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals o the brokenhearted
and p binds up their wounds.
4 He q determines the number of the stars;
he r gives to all of them their names.
5 s Great is our Lord, and t abundant in power;
u his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord v lifts up the humble; 2
he casts the wicked to the ground.
w Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on x the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares y rain for the earth;
he makes z grass grow on the hills.
9 He a gives to the beasts their food,
and to b the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in c the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord d takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who e hope in his steadfast love.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens f the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He g makes peace in your borders;
he h fills you with the i finest of the wheat.
15 He j sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives k snow like wool;
he scatters l hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of m ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his n cold?
18 He o sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his p statutes and rules 3 to Israel.
20 He q has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his rules. 4
r Praise the Lord!