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Psalm 147:(1-11), 12-20

147:1 Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

147:2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 

147:3 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. 

147:4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 

147:5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 

147:6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. 

147:7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. 

147:8 He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. 

147:9 He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry. 

147:10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; 

147:11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.


147:12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!

147:13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.

147:14 He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.

147:15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.

147:16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.

147:17 He hurls down hail like crumbs-- who can stand before his cold?

147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.

147:19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.

147:20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!


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