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146 Praise Yah.a
Praise Yahweh, O my soul.
I will sing praises to my God while I am still alive.
in a son of humankind with whom there is no deliverance.
4 His breath departs; he returns to his plot;b
on that day his plans perish.
whose hope is on Yahweh as his God,
the sea and all that is in them,
the one who keeps faithc forever,
who gives food for the hungry.
Yahweh sets prisoners free;
Yahweh raises up those bowed down;
Yahweh loves the righteous;
9 Yahweh protectsd the strangers.
He helps up the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he ⌊thwarts⌋.e
Your God, O Zion, ⌊throughout all generations⌋.f
147 Praise Yah.a
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant; praise is fitting.
he gathers the scattered ones of Israel.
and binds up their wounds.
he gives names to all of them.
his understanding is unlimited.
he brings the wicked down to the ground.
sing praises to our God with lyre,
who provides rain for the earth,
who causes grass to grow on the mountains.
and to the young ravens that cry.
he takes no pleasure in the legs of the man.
the ones who hopeb for his loyal love.
praise your God, O Zion,
He blesses your children within you;
he satisfies you with the ⌊finest of wheat⌋.c
15 He sends out his commandd to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
he scatters frost like ashes;
Who can stand before his cold?e
he blows his breath, the water flows.
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
and they do not know his ordinances.
148 Praise Yah.a
Praise Yahweh from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
praise him, all his hosts.b
praise him, all stars of light.
4 Praise him, ⌊highest heavens⌋,c
and waters above the heavens.
because he commanded and they were created.
by a decree he gave that will not pass away.
great sea creatures and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and cloud,d
stormy wind doing his bidding,e
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 beasts and all cattle,f
creeping things and ⌊flying birds⌋,g
princes and all judges of the earth,
the old together with the young—
because his name alone is exalted.
His splendor is above earth and heavens.
praise for all his faithful—
for the children of Israel,
a people close to him.
A Hebrew wordplay: “humankind,” adam (v. 3), returns to his ground/plot, adamah
Or “remains faithful”
Or “watches over”
Literally “makes crooked”
Literally “for a generation and a generation”
Hebrew hallelujah; here and v. 20
That is, “wait expectantly”
Literally “the fat of the wheat”
With slight alteration of the Hebrew, the line might read “before his cold water stands”
According to the reading tradition (Qere)
Literally “heavens of the heavens”
The meaning of “cloud” is uncertain
Hebrew “his word”
That is, wild and domesticated
Literally “bird of wing”
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