New International Reader's Version

Psalm 135

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord.

Praise the name of the Lord.
    You who serve the Lord, praise him.
You who serve in the house of the Lord, praise him.
    You who serve in the courtyards of the temple of our God, praise him.

Praise the Lord, because he is good.
    Sing praise to his name, because that is pleasant.
The Lord has chosen the people of Jacob to be his own.
    He has chosen Israel to be his special treasure.

I know that the Lord is great.
    I know that our Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does anything he wants to do
    in the heavens and on the earth.
    He does it even in the deepest parts of the oceans.
He makes clouds rise from one end of the earth to the other.
    He sends lightning with the rain.
    He brings the wind out of his storerooms.

He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt.
    He struck down the oldest males that were born to people and animals.
He did miraculous signs in Egypt.
    He did wonders against Pharaoh and everyone who served him.
10 He destroyed many nations.
    He killed mighty kings.
11 He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites,
    and Og, the king of Bashan.
    He killed all the kings of Canaan.
12 He gave their land as a gift
    to his people Israel.

13 Lord, your name continues forever.
    Lord, your fame will last for all time to come.
14 When the Lord hands down his sentence, it will be in his people’s favor.
    He will show deep concern for those who serve him.

15 The statues of the nations’ gods are made out of silver and gold.
    They are made by human hands.
16 They have mouths but can’t speak.
    They have eyes but can’t see.
17 They have ears but can’t hear.
    They have mouths but can’t breathe.
18 Those who make statues of gods will be like them.
    So will all those who trust in them.

19 People of Israel, praise the Lord.
    Priests of Aaron, praise the Lord.
20 Tribe of Levi, praise the Lord.
    You who have respect for the Lord, praise him.
21 Give praise to the Lord in Zion.
    Give praise to the God who lives in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

The Message

Psalm 135

11-4 Hallelujah!
Praise the name of God,
    praise the works of God.
All you priests on duty in God’s temple,
    serving in the sacred halls of our God,
Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good,
    sing anthems to his beautiful name.
And why? Because God chose Jacob,
    embraced Israel as a prize possession.

5-12 I, too, give witness to the greatness of God,
    our Lord, high above all other gods.
He does just as he pleases—
    however, wherever, whenever.
He makes the weather—clouds and thunder,
    lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north.
He struck down the Egyptian firstborn,
    both human and animal firstborn.
He made Egypt sit up and take notice,
    confronted Pharaoh and his servants with miracles.
Yes, he struck down great nations,
    he slew mighty kings—
Sihon king of the Amorites, also Og of Bashan—
    every last one of the Canaanite kings!
Then he turned their land over to Israel,
    a gift of good land to his people.

13-18 God, your name is eternal,
    God, you’ll never be out-of-date.
God stands up for his people,
    God holds the hands of his people.
The gods of the godless nations are mere trinkets,
    made for quick sale in the markets:
Chiseled mouths that can’t talk,
    painted eyes that can’t see,
Carved ears that can’t hear—
    dead wood! cold metal!
Those who make and trust them
    become like them.

19-21 Family of Israel, bless God!
    Family of Aaron, bless God!
Family of Levi, bless God!
    You who fear God, bless God!
Oh, blessed be God of Zion,
    First Citizen of Jerusalem!
Hallelujah!