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Psalm 147

Praise to God for His Word and Providence

1 Praise 1the Lord!

For ait is good to sing praises to our God;

bFor it is pleasant, and cpraise is beautiful.

2 The Lord dbuilds up Jerusalem;

eHe gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

3 fHe heals the brokenhearted

And binds up their 2wounds.

4 gHe counts the number of the stars;

He calls them all by name.

5 hGreat is our Lord, and imighty in power;

jHis understanding is infinite.

6 kThe Lord lifts up the humble;

He casts the wicked down to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

Sing praises on the harp to our God,

8 lWho covers the heavens with clouds,

Who prepares rain for the earth,

Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

9 mHe gives to the beast its food,

And nto the young ravens that cry.

10 oHe does not delight in the strength of the horse;

He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,

In those who hope in His mercy.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!

Praise your God, O Zion!

13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;

He has blessed your children within you.

14 pHe makes peace in your borders,

And qfills you with 3the finest wheat.

15 rHe sends out His command to the earth;

His word runs very swiftly.

16 sHe gives snow like wool;

He scatters the frost like ashes;

17 He casts out His hail like 4morsels;

Who can stand before His cold?

18 tHe sends out His word and melts them;

He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

19 uHe declares His word to Jacob,

vHis statutes and His judgments to Israel.

20 wHe has not dealt thus with any nation;

And as for His judgments, they have not known them.

5Praise the Lord!


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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