New International Reader's Version

Psalm 135:1-21

Psalm 135

1Praise the Lord.

Praise the name of the Lord.

You who serve the Lord, praise him.

2You who serve in the house of the Lord, praise him.

You who serve in the courtyards of the temple of our God, praise him.

3Praise the Lord, because he is good.

Sing praise to his name, because that is pleasant.

4The Lord has chosen the people of Jacob to be his own.

He has chosen Israel to be his special treasure.

5I know that the Lord is great.

I know that our Lord is greater than all gods.

6The 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.

7He 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.

8He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt.

He struck down the oldest males that were born to people and animals.

9He did miraculous signs in Egypt.

He did wonders against Pharaoh and everyone who served him.

10He destroyed many nations.

He killed mighty kings.

11He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites,

and Og, the king of Bashan.

He killed all the kings of Canaan.

12He gave their land as a gift

to his people Israel.

13Lord, your name continues forever.

Lord, your fame will last for all time to come.

14When the Lord hands down his sentence, it will be in his people’s favor.

He will show deep concern for those who serve him.

15The statues of the nations’ gods are made out of silver and gold.

They are made by human hands.

16They have mouths but can’t speak.

They have eyes but can’t see.

17They have ears but can’t hear.

They have mouths but can’t breathe.

18Those who make statues of gods will be like them.

So will all those who trust in them.

19People of Israel, praise the Lord.

Priests of Aaron, praise the Lord.

20Tribe of Levi, praise the Lord.

You who have respect for the Lord, praise him.

21Give praise to the Lord in Zion.

Give praise to the God who lives in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

New International Version

Psalms 135:1-21

Psalm 135

1Praise the Lord.135:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verses 3 and 21

Praise the name of the Lord;

praise him, you servants of the Lord,

2you who minister in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

3Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;

sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

4For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,

Israel to be his treasured possession.

5I know that the Lord is great,

that our Lord is greater than all gods.

6The Lord does whatever pleases him,

in the heavens and on the earth,

in the seas and all their depths.

7He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

8He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

the firstborn of people and animals.

9He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.

10He struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings—

11Sihon king of the Amorites,

Og king of Bashan,

and all the kings of Canaan—

12and he gave their land as an inheritance,

an inheritance to his people Israel.

13Your name, Lord, endures forever,

your renown, Lord, through all generations.

14For the Lord will vindicate his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

made by human hands.

16They have mouths, but cannot speak,

eyes, but cannot see.

17They have ears, but cannot hear,

nor is there breath in their mouths.

18Those who make them will be like them,

and so will all who trust in them.

19All you Israelites, praise the Lord;

house of Aaron, praise the Lord;

20house of Levi, praise the Lord;

you who fear him, praise the Lord.

21Praise be to the Lord from Zion,

to him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.