Amplified Bible

Psalm 147

Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.

1Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our [gracious and majestic] God;
Praise is becoming and appropriate.

The Lord is building up Jerusalem;
He is gathering [together] the exiles of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by their names.

Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless].

The Lord lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked down to the ground.


Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God with the lyre,

Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass grow on the mountains.

He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that for which they cry.
10 
He does not delight in the strength (military power) of the horse,
Nor does He take pleasure in the legs (strength) of a man.
11 
The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],
Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.

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 
He makes peace in your borders;
He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.
15 
He sends His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.
16 
He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.
17 
He casts out His ice like fragments;
Who can stand before His cold?
18 
He sends out His word and melts the ice;
He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.
19 
He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
20 
He has not dealt this way with any [other] nation;
They have not known [understood, appreciated, heeded, or cherished] His ordinances.
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 147

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our God!
    How pleasant and right it is to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem.
    He gathers the scattered people of Israel.
He heals those who have broken hearts.
    He takes care of their wounds.

He decides how many stars there should be.
    He gives each one of them a name.
Great is our Lord. His power is mighty.
    There is no limit to his understanding.
The Lord gives strength to those who aren’t proud.
    But he throws evil people down to the ground.

Sing to the Lord and give him grateful praise.
    Make music to our God on the harp.
He covers the sky with clouds.
    He supplies the earth with rain.
    He makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle.
    He provides for the young ravens when they cry out.

10 He doesn’t take pleasure in the strength of horses.
    He doesn’t take delight in the strong legs of warriors.
11 The Lord takes delight in those who have respect for him.
    They put their hope in his faithful love.

12 Jerusalem, praise the Lord.
    Zion, praise your God.
13 He makes the metal bars of your gates stronger.
    He blesses the people who live inside you.
14 He keeps your borders safe and secure.
    He satisfies you with the finest wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth.
    His word arrives there quickly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool.
    He scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He throws down his hail like pebbles.
    No one can stand his icy blast.
18 He gives his command, and the ice melts.
    He stirs up his winds, and the waters flow.

19 He has made his word known to the people of Jacob.
    He has made his laws and rules known to Israel.
20 He hasn’t done that for any other nation.
    They don’t know his laws.

Praise the Lord.