Psalm 147

1Praise the Lord because he is good. Sing praises to our God. It is good and pleasant to praise him. 2The Lord built Jerusalem. God brought back the Israelite people who were taken as prisoners. 3God heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. 4God counts the stars and knows the name of each and every one. 5Our Master is very great. He is very powerful. There is no limit to the things he knows. 6The Lord supports humble people. But he embarrasses bad people. 7Thank the Lord. Praise our God with harps. 8God fills the sky with clouds. God makes rain for the earth. God makes the grass grow on the mountains. 9God gives food to the animals. God feeds the young birds. 10War horses and powerful soldiers don’t make him happy. 11The Lord is happy with people who worship him. The Lord is pleased with people who trust in his true love. 12Jerusalem, praise the Lord! Zion, praise your God! 13Jerusalem, God makes your gates strong. And God blesses the people in your city. 14God brought peace to your country. So enemies did not take your grain in war. And you have plenty of grain for food. 15God gives a command to the earth, and it quickly obeys. 16God makes the snow fall until the ground is white like wool. God makes sleet blow through the air like dust. 17God makes hail fall like rocks from the sky. No person can stand the cold he sends. 18Then, God gives another command, and the warm air blows again. The ice melts, and water begins to flow. 19God gave his commands to Jacob ˻(Israel)˼. God gave his laws and rules to Israel. 20God did not do this for any other nation. God did not teach his laws to other people. Praise the Lord!

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