1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!
3 Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver! 4 Their life's breath departs, they return to the ground; on that day their plans die.
5 How blessed is the one whose helper is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, 6 the one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who remains forever faithful, 7 vindicates the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry. The Lord releases the imprisoned. 8 The Lord gives sight to the blind. The Lord lifts up all who are bent over. The Lord loves the godly. 9 The Lord protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked.