135:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord!
Offer praise, you servants of the Lord,
in the courts of the temple of our God.
135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good!
Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant! 3
Israel to be his special possession. 5
and our Lord is superior to all gods.
135:6 He does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the ocean depths.
135:7 He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth,
makes lightning bolts accompany the rain,
and brings the wind out of his storehouses.
135:8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
including both men and animals.
in your midst, O Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
135:10 He defeated many nations,
and killed mighty kings –
135:11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
135:12 He gave their land as an inheritance,
as an inheritance to Israel his people.
your reputation, O Lord, lasts. 10
and has compassion on his servants. 12
135:15 The nations’ idols are made of silver and gold,
they are man-made. 13
135:16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see,
135:17 and ears, but cannot hear.
Indeed, they cannot breathe. 14
as will everyone who trusts in them.
O family of Aaron, praise the Lord!
135:20 O family of Levi, praise the Lord!
You loyal followers 17 of the Lord, praise the Lord!
he who dwells in Jerusalem. 19
Praise the Lord!
2 tn Heb “stand.”
4 tn Or “for.”
6 tn Or “for.”
9 tn Or “is forever.”
11 tn Heb “judges,” but here the idea is that the
13 tn Heb “the work of the hands of man.”
14 tn Heb “indeed, there is not breath in their mouth.” For the collocation אַף אֵין (’af ’en, “indeed, there is not”) see Isa 41:26. Another option is to take אַף as “nose” (see Ps 115:6), in which case one might translate, “a nose, [but] they have no breath in their mouths.”
15 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.
16 tn Heb “house” (here and in the next two lines).
17 tn Heb “fearers.”
18 tn Heb “praised be the