115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us!
But to your name bring honor, 2
for the sake of your loyal love and faithfulness. 3
115:2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
115:3 Our God is in heaven!
He does whatever he pleases! 4
they are man-made. 6
115:5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see,
115:6 ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell,
115:7 hands, but cannot touch,
feet, but cannot walk.
They cannot even clear their throats. 7
as will everyone who trusts in them.
115:9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!
he will bless the family 19 of Israel,
he will bless the family of Aaron.
both young and old. 21
115:14 May he increase your numbers,
yours and your children’s! 22
115:15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
the creator 23 of heaven and earth!
but the earth he has given to mankind. 25
115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
nor do any of those who descend into the silence of death. 26
115:18 But we will praise the Lord
now and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!
2 tn Or “give glory.”
3 sn The psalmist asks the
6 tn Heb “the work of the hands of man.”
8 tn Heb “will be.” Another option is to take the prefixed verbal form as a prayer, “may those who make them end up like them.”
sn Because the idols are lifeless, they cannot help their worshipers in times of crisis. Consequently the worshipers end up as dead as the gods in which they trust.
9 tn Or “[source of] help.”
10 tn Heb “and their shield.”
11 tn Heb “house.”
12 tn Or “[source of] help.”
13 tn Heb “and their shield.”
15 tn Or “[source of] help.”
16 tn Heb “and their shield.”
17 tn Or “remembers us.”
19 tn Heb “house.”
20 tn Heb “the fearers of the
21 tn Heb “the small along with the great.” The translation assumes that “small” and “great” here refer to age (see 2 Chr 15:13). Another option is to translate “both the insignificant and the prominent” (see Job 3:19; cf. NEB “high and low alike”).
22 tn Heb “may he add to you, to you and your sons.” The prefixed verbal form is jussive, indicating this is a prayer.
23 tn Or “maker.”
24 tn Heb “the heavens [are] heavens to the
25 tn Heb “to the sons of man.”