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Psalm 115

Pagan Idols Contrasted with the Lord.

1Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth and faithfulness.

Why should the nations say,
“Where, now, is their God?”

But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases.

The idols [of the nations] are silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.

They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;

They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;

They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
Nor can they make a sound with their throats.

Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.


O Israel, trust and take refuge in the Lord! [Be confident in Him, cling to Him, rely on His word!]
He is their help and their shield.
10 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
11 
You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
12 
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless,
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
13 
He will bless those who fear and worship the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder],
Both the small and the great.
14 
May the Lord give you [great] increase,
You and your children.
15 
May you be blessed of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

16 
The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
17 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor do any who go down into silence;
18 
But as for us, we will bless and affectionately and gratefully praise the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Lord, may glory be given to you, not to us.
    You are loving and faithful.

Why do the nations ask,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven.
    He does anything he wants to do.
But the statues of their gods are made out of silver and gold.
    They are made by human hands.
They have mouths but can’t speak.
    They have eyes but can’t see.
They have ears but can’t hear.
    They have noses but can’t smell.
They have hands but can’t feel.
    They have feet but can’t walk.
    They have throats but can’t say anything.
Those who make statues of gods will be like them.
    So will all those who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord.
    He helps you like a shield that keeps you safe.
10 Priests of Aaron, trust in the Lord.
    He helps you like a shield that keeps you safe.
11 You who have respect for the Lord, trust in him.
    He helps you like a shield that keeps you safe.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us.
    He will bless Israel, his people.
    He will bless the priests of Aaron.
13 The Lord will bless those who have respect for him.
    He will bless important and unimportant people alike.

14 May the Lord give you many children.
    May he give them to you and to your children after you.
15 May the Lord bless you.
    He is the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord.
    But he has given the earth to human beings.
17 Dead people don’t praise the Lord.
    Those who lie quietly in the grave don’t praise him.
18 But we who are alive praise the Lord,
    both now and forever.

Praise the Lord.