New American Standard Bible

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord’s Wonderful Works. Vanity of Idols.

1[a]Praise [b]the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord;
Praise Him, O servants of the Lord,
You who stand in the house of the Lord,
In the courts of the house of our God!
[c]Praise [d]the Lord, for the Lord is good;
Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
For [e]the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself,
Israel for His [f]own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great
And that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, He does,
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
[g]He causes the [h]vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
Who makes lightnings for the rain,
Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

[i]He smote the firstborn of Egypt,
[j]Both of man and beast.
[k]He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,
Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 [l]He smote many nations
And slew mighty kings,
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
And Og, king of Bashan,
And all the kingdoms of Canaan;
12 And He gave their land as a heritage,
A heritage to Israel His people.
13 Your name, O Lord, is everlasting,
Your [m]remembrance, O Lord, [n]throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge His people
And will have compassion on His servants.
15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.
16 They have mouths, but they do not speak;
They have eyes, but they do not see;
17 They have ears, but they do not hear,
Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
Yes, everyone who trusts in them.

19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord;
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord;
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord;
You who [o]revere the Lord, bless the Lord.
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
Who dwells in Jerusalem.
[p]Praise [q]the Lord!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 135:1 Or Hallelujah!
  2. Psalm 135:1 Heb Yah
  3. Psalm 135:3 Or Hallelujah!
  4. Psalm 135:3 Heb Yah
  5. Psalm 135:4 Heb Yah
  6. Psalm 135:4 Or special treasure
  7. Psalm 135:7 Lit The one who
  8. Psalm 135:7 I.e. clouds
  9. Psalm 135:8 Lit The one who
  10. Psalm 135:8 Lit From man to beast
  11. Psalm 135:9 Lit The one who
  12. Psalm 135:10 Lit The one who
  13. Psalm 135:13 Or memorial
  14. Psalm 135:13 Lit to
  15. Psalm 135:20 Lit fear
  16. Psalm 135:21 Or Hallelujah!
  17. Psalm 135:21 Heb Yah

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.