1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
1 Hallelujah! It is good to sing praise to our God, and it is fitting to sing glorious praise.
1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God, for He is gracious and lovely; praise is becoming and appropriate.
2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
2 The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; he gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
2 The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering together the exiles of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
3 He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their injuries.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
4 He keeps track of the number of stars, assigning names to all of them.
4 He determines and counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
5 Our Lord is great, and rich in power; his understanding has no limitation.
5 Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.
6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
6 The LORD supports the afflicted while he casts the wicked to the ground.
6 The Lord lifts up the humble and downtrodden; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving, and compose music to our God with the lyre.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises with the harp or the lyre to our God! -- "
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
8 He shields the heavens with clouds, preparing rain for the earth and making grass grow on the hills.
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
9 He gives wild animals their food, including the young ravens when they cry.
9 He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens that for which they cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
10 He takes no delight in the strength of a horse, and gains no pleasure in the runner's swiftness.
10 He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
11 But the LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who depend on his gracious love.
11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessing your children within you.
13 For He has strengthened and made hard the bars of your gates, and He has blessed your children within you.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
14 He grants peace within your borders, satisfying you with the finest of wheat.
14 He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
15 He sends out his command to the earth, making his word go forth quickly.
15 He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
16 He supplies snow like wool, scattering frost like ashes.
16 He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
17 He casts down his ice crystals like bread fragments. Who can endure his freezing cold?
17 He casts forth His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
18 He sends out his word and melts them. He makes his wind blow and the water flows.
18 He sends out His word, and melts [ice and snow]; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
19 He declares his words to Jacob, his statutes and decrees to Israel.
19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
20 He has not dealt with any other nation like this; they never knew his decrees. Hallelujah!
20 He has not dealt so with any [other] nation; they have not known (understood, appreciated, given heed to, and cherished) His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
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