Psalms 33

1Sing joyfully to the  Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2Praise the  Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3Sing to him a new song;
play skilfully, and shout for joy.
4For the word of the  Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
5The  Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
6By the word of the  Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
Or sea as into a heap

he puts the deep into storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the  Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10The  Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11But the plans of the  Lord stand firm for ever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12Blessed is the nation whose God is the  Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13From heaven the  Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14from his dwelling-place he watches
all who live on earth –
15he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18But the eyes of the  Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20We wait in hope for the  Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22May your unfailing love be with us,  Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
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