The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 101-106

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     101[1-4] A Hymn of David. I’ll sing of mercy and judgment: to You, oh Yahweh, I’ll sing. I’ll behave myself wisely in a perfect way. Oh when will You come to me? I’ll walk in my house with a perfect heart. I’ll put no sinful thing before my eyes so that I won’t get addicted to it: I hate what those that turn aside from Your way do. I won’t have a sinful heart because I won’t keep company with a sinful person.

     [5-8] I’ll take those who secretly lie about their neighbor from their place: I won’t allow those that have a proud look and an arrogant heart to come near me. My eyes will be on the faithful of the land so that they can stay with me: those that walk in a perfect way, they’ll be my people. Those that act dishonestly won’t stay in my house: those that tell lies won’t be in my sight long. Soon I’ll ruin all the sinful of the land; so that I can remove all the sinful from the city of Yahweh.

     102 [1] A Prayer of the abused, when they’re overwhelmed, and pour out their complaint before Yahweh. Listen to my prayer, oh Yahweh, hear my cry. Don’t hide Your face from me on the day when I’m in trouble; listen to me, answering me quickly on the day when I call. My days are gone like smoke, and my body is burned as a hearth. My heart is cut and withered like grass; so badly that I forget to eat my food. Because of the sound of my groaning my skin clings to my bones.

     [6-11] I’m like a pelican of the wilderness or like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone on the rooftop. My enemies accuse me all day; and those that are mad at me have sworn against me. For I’ve eaten ashes like food, and mixed my drink with tears, because of Your righteous anger and Your rage: for You’ve lifted me up, and cast me back down. My days are like a shadow that declines; and I’m withered like grass.

     [12-17] But You, oh Yahweh, will endure forever; and all generations will remember You. You’ll awake, and have mercy on Jerusalem: for the time of grace is theirs, yes, the set time has come. For we take pleasure in its stones, and favor the dust of its streets, so the ungodly will respect the Name of Yahweh and all rulers on the earth Your glory. When You build up Jerusalem, You Yahweh, Oh God, will appear in Your glory. God will have favor on the prayer of the poor, not hating to hear their words.

     [18-22] This will be written for the generation to come, and the people born in the future will praise Yahweh. For God has looked down from the height of the House of God; even from heaven Yahweh has seen the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to free those that have been sentenced to death, to declare the Name of Yahweh in Zion, and Your praise in Jerusalem, when the people and the nations are gathered together to minister to Yahweh.

     [23-28] You weakened my strength in the way, God, and shortened my days. So I said, oh my God; don’t take me away in the midst of my life: Your years are throughout all generations. From time eternal You’ve laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the creation of Your own hands. They’ll all come to an end, but You’ll endure: yes, all of them will grow old like clothing; You’ll change them as a garment, and they’ll be changed: But You are the same, and Your years will have no end. The children of your people will continue, and their children will be made known before You.

     103 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Bless Yahweh, oh my soul; I bless Your holy Name with all that’s in me. Bless Yahweh, oh my soul, and never forget all that God does for you: Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases; Who bought back your life from destruction and graces you with love and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s strength.

     [6-12] Yahweh executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. You’ve made known the ways of God to Moses, Your acts to the children of Israel. Yahweh, You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and have more than enough compassion. You won’t always accuse: You won’t keep Your anger forever. God, You haven’t given us what we deserve for our sins; nor punished us according to our sins. Just as the heavens are high above the earth, so Your mercy toward those that respect You is great. As far as the east is from the west, God has taken our sins from us.

     [13-22] Like parents pity their children, so You pity those that respect You, Yahweh. For God knows what we’re made of and remembers that we’re only dust. As for humans, their days are as grass: as flowers of the field, so they flourish. The wind passes over them, and they’re gone; and their beauty won’t be seen in their place anymore. But the mercy of Yahweh is eternally on those that respect God; and the righteousness of God is on their grandchildren; and on those who keep the covenant; and to those that remember to do the commandments. The reign of Yahweh is ready in the heavens; Your dominion rules over all things. Bless Yahweh, you strong angels, which do the commandments when you hear to the sound of God’s Word. Bless Yahweh, all you heavenly hosts; the ministers of God that do whatever God wants them to. Bless Yahweh, all creation everywhere: bless Yahweh, oh my soul.

     104[1-5] Bless Yahweh, oh my soul. Oh Yahweh my God, You are very great; You are adorned with honor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with clothes: You, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain: Who lays the shafts of Your chambers in the waters and makes the clouds Your vehicle, moving on the wings of the wind: Who makes the angels spirits; and Your ministers to shine like flaming fire: Who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it wouldn’t ever be moved out of its place.

     [6-11] You covered it with the floods as with clothes: the waters stood above the mountain tops. At Your command it fled; at the voice of Your thunder it rushed away. It goes up by the mountains and goes down by the valleys to the place which You’ve made for it. You’ve set a boundary that it cannot pass over; that it won’t cover the earth again. God sends the creeks into the valleys, which flow among the hills. God gives drink to every beast of the field: even the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

     [12-17] The birds of heaven which sing among the branches have their nests beside them. God waters the hills from the heavens: the earth is satisfied with everything Your creation provides. God, You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbs for the people’s benefit, so that all of them can get food from the earth; And wine that makes the people’s hearts glad, and oil to make their faces shine, and food to strengthen their hearts. The trees of Yahweh, You, God, have planted; the cedars of Lebanon, where the birds make their nests, and the fir trees that are the home of the stork are all full of sap.

     [18-23] The high hills are a safe haven for the wild goats; and the rocks for the rabbits. God, You appointed the moon for the seasons and the sun goes down at its proper time. You make darkness, and the night comes in which all the wild animals of the forest creep out. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun rises, they gather together, and lay down in their dens. People go to their work and to their place of employment until the evening.

     [24-30] Oh Yahweh, how many are Your creations! In wisdom You’ve made them all: the earth is full of Your treasures. So is this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable living things, both small and great. There go the ships and there’s leviathan, that great dinosaur of the sea that You’ve made to play in it. These all wait for You to give them their meat in due season. They gather whatever You give them: You open Your hand, and they’re all filled with good things. You hide Your face, and they’re troubled: You take away their breath, and they die, and return to the dust. You send Your spirit, they’re created, and You renew the face of the earth with them.

     [31] The glory of Yahweh will endure forever:  You’ll celebrate in Your creation, oh Yahweh. God, You look on the earth, and it quakes: God, You touch the volcanoes, and they smoke. I’ll sing to Yahweh as long as I live: I’ll sing praises to my God as long as my spirit remains. My thoughts of You will be sweet: I’ll celebrate in Yahweh God. Let the sinful be consumed from the earth, and let them be no more. Bless You, oh Yahweh, oh my soul. Praise Yahweh!

     105[1-6] Oh give thanks to Yahweh; calling on the Name of God and make known God’s deeds among the people. Sing to God, sing hymns to God: talk of all the wondrous acts of God. Glory in the Holy Name: let the heart of them that seek Yahweh celebrate. Seek the strength of Yahweh: seek Yahweh’s face forever. Remember the awesome acts that God has done; the wonders, and the judgments of God’s mouth; Oh you children of Abraham, God’s subject, children of Jacob, God’s chosen.

     [7-15] God is Yahweh, our God, who judges all the people of the earth. You’ve remembered Your covenant forever, the word which You commanded to a thousand generations, which You made with Abraham, and gave Your oath to Isaac; and confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying, To You I’ll give the land of Canaan, the lot of Your inheritance, when they were only a few people in number; yes, very few, and the ungodly were in it as well. When they went from one nation to another, from one people to another; God let no one do them wrong: yes, God corrected rulers for their sakes, saying, don’t touch my anointed, and do no harm to my preachers.

     [16-22] Moreover God called for a famine on the land, withering the whole stalk of grain. God sent someone before them, even Joseph that was sold for a slave, whose feet they hurt with shackles when he was bound in iron until the time that God’s Word came, the Word of Yahweh, to try Joseph. The ruler of the people sent word to let Joseph go free. The ruler then made Joseph the head manager of all their lands and substance; to imprison the rulers as he wanted and teach wisdom to the governors.

     [23-29] Israel came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. God increased their people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies. God turned the Egyptians’ hearts to hate their people, to deal deviously with their children. God sent Moses, God’s own minister; and Aaron who also had been chosen, who showed the signs of God among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. God sent darkness, and made it very dark; and they didn’t rebel against the word of God. God turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

     [30-36] Their land was troubled with frogs in abundance, even in the chambers of their rulers. God spoke, and there came different sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. God gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. God struck their vines also and their fig trees; and broke the trees of their coasts. God spoke, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, so many they couldn’t be counted, which attacked all the herbs in their land, and devoured all the produce of their ground. God struck also all the firstborn in their land, the first of all their strength.

     [37-45] God brought them forward with silver and gold, and there was not one frail person among them. Egypt was glad when they departed, because they feared them. God spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and God brought quails, and satisfied them with the food of heaven. God split open the rock, making water gush out and run in dry places like a river. You remembered Your holy promise, and Abraham, God’s subject. You brought forward Your people with joy, and Your chosen ones with gladness, giving them the lands of the ungodly, and they inherited the work of another people; so that they could learn Your decrees, and keep Your laws. Praise Yahweh!

     106[1-5] Praise Yahweh! Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good: for Your mercy endures forever. Who can tell of the mighty acts of Yahweh? Who can show all Your honor? Those that judge wisely are blessed; and those that practice good ways all the time are blessed as well. Remember me, oh Yahweh, with the grace that You give to Israel: oh visit me with Your saving grace, so that I can see the good of Your chosen ones, and celebrate in the gladness of Your nation, and triumph with Your inheritance.

     [6-11] We’ve sinned along with our parents; we have committed sin, doing very wickedly. Our parents didn’t understand Your wonders in Egypt; they didn’t remember the greatness of Your mercies; but provoked You at the Red Sea. Yet, You saved them, God, for Your Name’s sake, that You’ll make Your mighty power to be known. You divided the Red Sea also, and it was dried up and led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And You saved them from the hand of those that hated them, and bought them back from the hand of their enemies, which the waters overcame till there was none left.

     [12-18] Then they believed Your Words and sang Your praise. But they soon forgot Your acts and didn’t wait for Your counsel, complaining excessively in the wilderness, and tempting God in the desert. And You gave them their requests; but sent sadness into their soul. They envied Moses and Aaron, the saints of Yahweh, also in the camp. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, and buried the followers of Abiram. And a fire was kindled in the middle of them, burning up those sinful ones.

     [19-23] They made a golden calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image, changing their glory into the likeness of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt; wondrous acts in the land of Ham, and awesome things by the Red Sea. So You said that You would destroy them, yet if Moses, Your chosen, hadn’t begged for mercy before You to turn away Your anger, You would have destroyed them.

     [24-31] Yes, they hated the promised land and didn’t believe Your Word; but complained in their homes and didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh. So You lifted up Your hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: To overthrow their children also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. They joined themselves also to the false god, Baal-peor, and ate offerings made for the dead. So they provoked You to anger with their inventions, and a deadly illness came on them. Then Phinehas stood up with wise judgment, so the deadly illness was stopped. And that was counted to him for righteousness for all generations forever.

     [32-38] They angered You also at the waters of conflict, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes, because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unwise words. They didn’t destroy the nations, who Yahweh commanded them to wipe out: But intermixed with the ungodly, and learned their evil ways. They served other things, which were a trap to them. Yes, they sacrificed their own children to demons, shedding innocent blood, even the blood of their own children, so that they sacrificed to the other things of Canaan polluting the land with blood.

     [39-42] So they were made filthy with their own acts, and went lustfully after their own inventions. Your anger, Yahweh, was kindled against Your people, so much that You hated Your own inheritance. And You gave them into the hand of the ungodly; and those that hated them had rule over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.

     [43] Many times You saved them, oh God; but they provoked You with their words, and they were humbled for their sin. Yet, You regarded their misery, oh God, when You heard their cry, remembering Your covenant with them, and repented according to the greatness of Your mercies. You made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. Save us, oh Yahweh, our God, and gather us from among the ungodly, to give thanks to Your holy Name, and to triumph in Your praise. Blessed be Yahweh, God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, and let all the people say, Amen. Praise Yahweh!

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