Psalm 147

English Standard Version

1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant,[1] and a song of praise is fitting. (Ps 33:1; Ps 92:1; Ps 135:1; Ps 135:3) 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. (De 30:3; Ps 51:18; Ps 102:16; Isa 11:12; Isa 27:13; Isa 56:8; Eze 39:28) 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps 34:18; Eze 34:16) 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (Ge 15:5; Isa 40:26) 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. (Job 5:9; Ps 48:1; Isa 40:28; Na 1:3) 6 The Lord lifts up the humble;[2] he casts the wicked to the ground. (Ps 146:8) 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! (Ex 15:21; 1Ch 15:16; Ps 95:1) 8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. (Job 5:10; Job 38:27; Ps 104:14) 9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. (Job 38:41; Ps 104:27) 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, (Ps 33:17) 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (Ps 33:18; Ps 149:4) 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. (Ne 7:3) 14 He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat. (Ex 34:24; De 32:14; Ps 81:16; Ps 132:15; Pr 16:7; Isa 60:17) 15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. (Ps 148:8) 16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. (Job 37:6; Job 38:29) 17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? (Job 37:9; Job 37:10) 18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. (Job 37:12; Ps 33:9; Ps 107:20; Ps 147:15) 19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules[3] to Israel. (De 33:2; Ps 78:5; Mal 4:4) 20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules.[4] Praise the Lord! (De 4:7; De 4:32; Ps 135:1)