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Psalms 68:5

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68:5 He is a father to the fatherless

and an advocate for widows. 1 

God rules from his holy palace. 2 

Psalms 68:19

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68:19 The Lord deserves praise! 3 

Day after day 4  he carries our burden,

the God who delivers us. (Selah)

Psalms 77:12

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77:12 I will think about all you have done;

I will reflect upon your deeds!”

Psalms 89:9

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89:9 You rule over the proud sea. 5 

When its waves surge, 6  you calm them.

Psalms 94:7

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94:7 Then they say, “The Lord does not see this;

the God of Jacob does not take notice of it.” 7 

Psalms 94:12

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94:12 How blessed is the one 8  whom you instruct, O Lord,

the one whom you teach from your law,

Psalms 102:19

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102:19 For he will look down from his sanctuary above; 9 

from heaven the Lord will look toward earth, 10 

Psalms 104:35

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104:35 May sinners disappear 11  from the earth,

and the wicked vanish!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 105:45--106:1

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105:45 so that they might keep his commands

and obey 12  his laws.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 106 13 

106:1 Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

and his loyal love endures! 14 

Psalms 106:48

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106:48 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise, 15 

in the future and forevermore. 16 

Let all the people say, “We agree! 17  Praise the Lord!” 18 

Psalms 111:1

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Psalm 111 19 

111:1 Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the godly and the congregation.

Psalms 112:1

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Psalm 112 20 

112:1 Praise the Lord!

How blessed is the one 21  who obeys 22  the Lord,

who takes great delight in keeping his commands. 23 

Psalms 113:1

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Psalm 113 24 

113:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise, you servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

Psalms 113:9

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113:9 He makes the barren woman of the family 25 

a happy mother of children. 26 

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 115:17-18

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115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord,

nor do any of those who descend into the silence of death. 27 

115:18 But we will praise the Lord

now and forevermore.

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 116:19

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116:19 in the courts of the Lord’s temple,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 117:2

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117:2 For his loyal love towers 28  over us,

and the Lord’s faithfulness endures.

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 118:5

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118:5 In my distress 29  I cried out to the Lord.

The Lord answered me and put me in a wide open place. 30 

Psalms 118:14

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118:14 The Lord gives me strength and protects me; 31 

he has become my deliverer.” 32 

Psalms 118:17-19

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118:17 I will not die, but live,

and I will proclaim what the Lord has done. 33 

118:18 The Lord severely 34  punished me,

but he did not hand me over to death.

118:19 Open for me the gates of the just king’s temple! 35 

I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Psalms 122:4

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122:4 The tribes go up 36  there, 37 

the tribes of the Lord,

where it is required that Israel

give thanks to the name of the Lord. 38 

Psalms 130:3

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130:3 If you, O Lord, were to keep track of 39  sins,

O Lord, who could stand before you? 40 

Psalms 135:1

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Psalm 135 41 

135:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord!

Offer praise, you servants of the Lord,

Psalms 135:3-4

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135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good!

Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant! 42 

135:4 Indeed, 43  the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel to be his special possession. 44 

Psalms 135:21

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135:21 The Lord deserves praise in Zion 45 

he who dwells in Jerusalem. 46 

Praise the Lord!

Psalms 146:1

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Psalm 146 47 

146:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Psalms 146:10--147:1

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146:10 The Lord rules forever,

your God, O Zion, throughout the generations to come! 48 

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 147 49 

147:1 Praise the Lord,

for it is good to sing praises to our God!

Yes, 50  praise is pleasant and appropriate!

Psalms 147:20--148:1

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147:20 He has not done so with any other nation;

they are not aware of his regulations.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148 51 

148:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the sky!

Praise him in the heavens!

Psalms 148:14--149:1

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148:14 He has made his people victorious, 52 

and given all his loyal followers reason to praise –

the Israelites, the people who are close to him. 53 

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149 54 

149:1 Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Praise him in the assembly of the godly! 55 

Psalms 149:9--150:1

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149:9 and execute the judgment to which their enemies 56  have been sentenced. 57 

All his loyal followers will be vindicated. 58 

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150 59 

150:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary!

Praise him in the sky, which testifies to his strength! 60 

Psalms 150:6

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150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

1 sn God is depicted here as a just ruler. In the ancient Near Eastern world a king was responsible for promoting justice, including caring for the weak and vulnerable, epitomized by the fatherless and widows.

2 tn Heb “God [is] in his holy dwelling place.” He occupies his throne and carries out his royal responsibilities.

3 tn Heb “blessed [be] the Lord.”

4 tn It is possible to take this phrase with what precedes (“The Lord deserves praise day after day”) rather than with what follows.

5 tn Heb “the majesty of the sea.”

6 tn Heb “rise up.”

7 tn Heb “does not understand.”

8 tn Heb “[Oh] the happiness [of] the man.” Hebrew wisdom literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender or age. To facilitate modern application, we translate the gender and age specific “man” with the more neutral “one.” The generic masculine pronoun is used in v. 2.

9 tn Heb “from the height of his sanctuary.”

10 tn The perfect verbal forms in v. 19 are functioning as future perfects, indicating future actions that will precede the future developments described in v. 18.

11 tn Or “be destroyed.”

12 tn Heb “guard.”

13 sn Psalm 106. The psalmist recalls Israel’s long history of rebellion against God, despite his mighty saving deeds on their behalf.

14 tn Heb “for forever [is] his loyal love.”

15 tn Heb “[be] blessed.” See Pss 18:46; 28:6; 31:21.

16 tn Heb “from everlasting to everlasting.”

17 tn Heb “surely” (אָמֵן, ’amen), traditionally transliterated “amen.”

18 sn The final verse (v. 48) is a conclusion to this fourth “book” (or major editorial division) of the Psalter. Similar statements appear at or near the end of each of the first, second and third “books” of the Psalter (see Pss 41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52, respectively).

19 sn Psalm 111. The psalmist praises God for his marvelous deeds, especially the way in which he provides for and delivers his people. The psalm is an acrostic. After the introductory call to praise, every poetic line (twenty-two in all) begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

20 sn Psalm 112. This wisdom psalm lists some of the benefits of living a godly life. The psalm is an acrostic. After the introductory call to praise, every poetic line (twenty-two in all) begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

21 tn Heb “[Oh] the happiness [of] the man.” Hebrew wisdom literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The individual is representative of a larger group, called the “godly” in vv. 3-4. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender. To facilitate modern application, we translate the gender specific “man” with the more neutral “one.” The generic masculine pronoun is used in the following verses.

22 tn Heb “fears.”

23 tn Heb “in his commands he delights very much.” The words “in keeping” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Taking delight in the law is metonymic here for obeying God’s moral will. See Ps 1:2.

24 sn Psalm 113. The psalmist praises God as the sovereign king of the world who reaches down to help the needy.

25 tn Heb “of the house.”

26 tn Heb “sons.”

27 tn Heb “silence,” a metonymy here for death (see Ps 94:17).

28 tn For this sense of the Hebrew verb גָּבַר (gavar), see Ps 103:11 and L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 17, 19.

29 tn Heb “from the distress.” The noun מֵצַר (metsar, “straits; distress”) occurs only here and in Lam 1:3. In Ps 116:3 מצר should probably be emended to מְצָדֵי (mÿtsadey, “snares of”).

30 tn Heb “the Lord answered me in a wide open place.”

31 tn Heb “my strength and protection [is] the Lord.” The Hebrew term זִמְרָת (zimrat) is traditionally understood as meaning “song” (“my strength and song [is] the Lord”) in which case one might translate, “for the Lord gives me strength and joy” (i.e., a reason to sing). However, many recent commentators have argued that the noun זִמְרָת is here a homonym, meaning “protection” or “strength.” See HALOT 274 s.v.; cf. NEB “The Lord is my refuge and defence”; NRSV “my strength and my might.”

32 tn Or “salvation.”

33 tn Heb “the works of the Lord.”

34 tn The infinitive absolute emphasizes the following verbal idea.

35 tn Heb “the gates of justice.” The gates of the Lord’s temple are referred to here, as v. 20 makes clear. They are called “gates of justice” because they are the entrance to the just king’s palace. This has been specified in the translation for clarity.

36 tn Or “went up.”

37 tn Heb “which is where the tribes go up.”

38 tn Heb “[it is] a statute for Israel to give thanks to the name of the Lord.”

39 tn Heb “observe.”

40 tn The words “before you” are supplied in the translation for clarification. The psalmist must be referring to standing before God’s judgment seat. The rhetorical question expects the answer, “No one.”

41 sn Psalm 135. The psalmist urges God’s people to praise him because he is the incomparable God and ruler of the world who has accomplished great things for Israel.

42 tn Heb “for [it is] pleasant.” The translation assumes that it is the Lord’s “name” that is pleasant. Another option is to understand the referent of “it” as the act of praising (see Ps 147:1).

43 tn Or “for.”

44 sn His special possession. The language echoes Exod 19:5; Deut 7:6; 14:2; 26:18. See also Mal 3:17.

45 tn Heb “praised be the Lord from Zion.”

46 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

47 sn Psalm 146. The psalmist urges his audience not to trust in men, but in the Lord, the just king of the world who cares for the needy.

48 tn Heb “for a generation and a generation.”

49 sn Psalm 147. The psalmist praises the Lord for he is the sovereign ruler of the world who cares for the needs of his covenant people.

50 tn Or “for.”

51 sn Psalm 148. The psalmist calls upon all creation to praise the Lord, for he is the creator and sovereign king of the world.

52 tn Heb “and he lifted up a horn for his people.” The horn of an ox underlies the metaphor (see Deut 33:17; 1 Kgs 22:11; Ps 92:10). The horn of the wild ox is frequently a metaphor for military strength; the idiom “exalt/lift up the horn” signifies military victory (see 1 Sam 2:10; Pss 75:10; 89:17, 24; 92:10; Lam 2:17). Another option is to take the “horn” as a symbol for the Davidic king, through whom the Lord gives his people military victory.

53 tn “[there is] praise for all his loyal followers, to the sons of Israel, the people near him.” Here “praise” stands by metonymy for the victory that prompts it.

54 sn Psalm 149. The psalmist calls upon God’s people to praise him because he is just and avenges them.

55 tn Heb “his praise in the assembly of the godly ones.”

56 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the enemies of the people of God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

57 tn Heb “to do against them judgment [that] is written.”

58 tn Heb “it is honor for all his godly ones.” The judgment of the oppressive kings will bring vindication and honor to God’s people (see vv. 4-5).

59 sn Psalm 150. The Psalter concludes with a resounding call for praise from everything that has breath.

60 tn Heb “the sky of his strength.”



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