Psalms 1461 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live!
I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!
3 Do not trust in princes,
or in human beings, who cannot deliver! ▼
▼ Heb “in a son of man, to whom there is no deliverance.”
4 Their life’s breath departs, they return to the ground;
on that day their plans die. ▼
5 How blessed is the one whose helper is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 the one who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who remains forever faithful, ▼
▼ Heb “the one who guards faithfulness forever.”
7 vindicates the oppressed, ▼
▼ Heb “executes justice for the oppressed.”
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord releases the imprisoned.
8 The Lord gives sight to the blind.
The Lord lifts up all who are bent over. ▼
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects those residing outside their native land;
he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, ▼
▼ God is depicted here as a just ruler. In the ancient Near Eastern world a king was responsible for promoting justice, including caring for the weak and vulnerable, epitomized by resident aliens, the fatherless, and widows.
but he opposes the wicked. ▼
10 The Lord rules forever,
your God, O Zion, throughout the generations to come! ▼
▼ Heb “for a generation and a generation.”
Praise the Lord!
▼ Psalm 147. The psalmist praises the Lord for he is the sovereign ruler of the world who cares for the needs of his covenant people.
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