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Praise for God’s Provision

147 Hallelujah!
    It is good to sing praise to our God,
        and it is fitting to sing glorious praise.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
    he gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
    binding up their injuries.
He keeps track of the number of stars,
    assigning names to all of them.
Our Lord is great,
    and rich in power;
        his understanding has no limitation.

The Lord supports the afflicted
    while he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving,
    and compose music to our God with the lyre.
He shields the heavens with clouds,
    preparing rain for the earth
        and making grass grow on the hills.
He gives wild animals their food,
    including the young ravens when they cry.
10 He takes no delight in the strength of a horse,
    and gains no pleasure in the runner’s swiftness.[a]
11 But the Lord is pleased with those who fear him,
    with those who depend on his gracious love.

12 Glorify the Lord, Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, Zion!
13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
    blessing your children within you.
14 He grants peace within your borders,
    satisfying[b] you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends out his command to the earth,
    making[c] his word go forth quickly.
16 He supplies snow like wool,
    scattering frost like ashes.
17 He casts down his ice crystals like bread[d] fragments.
    Who can endure his freezing cold?
18 He sends out his word
    and melts them.
He makes his wind blow
    and the water flows.

19 He declares his words to Jacob,
    his statutes and decrees to Israel.
20 He has not dealt with any other nation like this;
    they never knew[e] his decrees.

Hallelujah!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 147:10 Lit. the legs of a man
  2. Psalm 147:14 So MT; LXX DSS 4QPsd read borders, and satisfies
  3. Psalm 147:15 The Heb. lacks making
  4. Psalm 147:17 The Heb. lacks bread
  5. Psalm 147:20 So MT; LXX reads he did not explain to them; Syr Targ DSS 11QPsa read he has not revealed to them

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