141[1-4] A Hymn of David. Yahweh, I’m crying to You: hurry to me; hear my voice, when I cry to You. Let my prayer be set before You like burning incense; and my uplifted hands as the evening sacrifice. Watch my mouth, oh Yahweh, set a guard on the doors of my lips and keep them. Don’t let my heart lean toward anything evil, to do what is sinful with those who practice sin, and don’t let me share in their excesses.
[5-10] If godly people punish me; it’ll be a kindness, and if they warn me; it’ll be excellent ointment, which won’t harm me, for even in their calamities, I’ll yet pray for them. When their judges are overthrown in rough places, they’ll finally acknowledge that my words are good. Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, as when wood lay chopped and split on the ground. But my eyes look to You, oh God, my Savior: my trust is in You, so don’t leave my soul without hope. Keep me from the traps which they’ve set for me, and from the noose of those who practice sin. Let the sinful fall into their own traps, while I escape out of them.
142[1-4] A poem of teaching of David; A prayer when he was in the cave. I cried to You, Yahweh, praying aloud to You. I made my complaints to You, telling You all my troubles. When my spirit was overwhelmed inside me, then You knew my way. They secretly set a trap for me in the way that I walked. I looked to my side, but there was no one that knew me: safety failed me and no one cared for my soul.
[5-7] I cried to You, oh Yahweh: saying, You are my safe haven and my lot in life. Pay attention to me; for I’m greatly humbled: save me from those who try to hurt me; for they’re stronger than I am. Bring my soul out of its prison, so that I can praise Your Name: let godly people surround me; for You greatly help me always.
143 [1-6]A Hymn of David. Listen to my prayer, oh Yahweh, listen to my prayer. In Your faithfulness and righteousness answer me. And don’t judge Your worker, for in Your sight, no one living would be justified. For the adversary has abused my soul and has beaten my life down to the ground, making me stay in darkness, as those that are dead. My spirit is overwhelmed inside me and my heart is lonely. I think on everything You’ve done as I remember the days of the past; I reflect over all Your hands have done. I raise my hands up to You, my soul thirsting after You, as the dry land thirsts for water. Selah!
[7-12] Listen to me soon, oh Yahweh; my spirit fails, so don’t hide Your face from me, or I’ll be like a dead person. Cause me to hear Your loving voice in the morning; for I trust in You. Cause me to know the way I should walk; for I lift up my soul to You. Free me, oh Yahweh, from my enemies, for I run to You to protect me. Teach me to do Your will; for You are my God: Your Spirit is good; lead me into the way of honesty. Revive me, oh Yahweh, for Your Name’s sake; and bring my soul out of trouble for Your righteousness’ sake. And by Your mercy take away my enemies, and destroy all those that torment my soul; for I’m Your faithful worker.
144[1-4] A Hymn of David. May Yahweh be blessed, who is my strength, who teaches me how to fight: My goodness and my stronghold; my strong tower that protects me; my defense, the God in whom I trust forever, and that pacifies my people for me. Yahweh, what are human beings, that You take note of them! Or the children of humanity, that You take account of them! People are as nothing, for their days are as a shadow that passes away.
[5-9] Open Your heavens, oh Yahweh, and come down: You touch the mountains and they smoke. Make lightning, shooting out Your lightening bolts; scatter them and destroy them. Send Your hand from above; free me, and save me out of the floods, from the hand of the ungodly, whose mouths speak proudly, and their hands are hands of falsehood. I’ll sing a new song to You, oh God: on a musical instrument and an instrument of ten strings I’ll sing praises to You.
[10-15] It’s the One, who gives saving grace to rulers, who freed David, Your worker, from the hurtful blade. Free me, and save me from the hand of the ungodly, whose mouths speak proudly, and their hands are hands of falsehood: So that our sons and daughters can be as young plants who have grown up; or as corner stones, polished like those on a mansion: So that our cabinets can be full, holding all kinds of stuff; and that our animals can bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: So that our cattle can be strong to work; and that there be no thieves breaking in, nor our people going out; and that there be no complaining in our streets. Those kind of people are blessed; yes, the ones, whose God is Yahweh, are blessed.
145[1-7] David’s Hymn of praise. I’ll worship You, my God, my Savior; and I’ll bless Your Name forever and ever. All day long I’ll bless You; and I’ll praise Your Name forever and ever. Yahweh is great, and deserves to be greatly praised: Your greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise You to another, telling of Your mighty acts. I’ll speak of the glorious honor of Your majesty, and of Your wondrous creations. And people will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I’ll tell them how great You are. They’ll remember Your great goodness, and will sing of Your righteousness.
[8-13] Yahweh is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Yahweh is good to all: You have tender mercy for all Your creations. All Your creations will praise You, oh Yahweh; Your people, Israel, will bless You as well. They speak of the glory of Your realm and talk of Your power, so that they can make Your mighty acts known and the glorious majesty of Your dominion to the children of humanity. Your realm is an everlasting realm, and Your power lasts throughout all generations.
[14-21] Yahweh holds up all those that fall, and lifts up all those that are humbled. The eyes of all people will look to You, because You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand, and give every living thing what it needs. Yahweh, You are righteous in all Your ways and holy in all Your acts. Yahweh, You are near to all those that call on You, yes, to all those who call on You in truth. You give those that respect You what they want, hearing their cry, and saving them. Yahweh, You save all those that love You, but all the sinful You’ll destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh; Let everyone bless Your holy Name forever and ever.
146[1-7] Praise Yahweh! Praise Yahweh, oh my soul. As long as I live I’ll praise Yahweh: I’ll sing praises to my God as long as I have any being. Don’t put your trust in rulers, nor in the children of humanity, in whom is no help at all. Their breath leaves them, they return to the earth; and in that very day their thoughts vanish. Happy are those that have God for their help, whose hope is in Yahweh their God: Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them and who keeps truth forever: Who gives good judgment for those who are put down, who gives food to the hungry. Yes, Yahweh releases the prisoners.
[8-10] Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind and raises those that are humbled, because Yahweh loves godly people. Yahweh keeps the foreigner safe; God relieves a single parent’s child and the survivor, but God upsets the way of the sinful. Yahweh will reign forever; yes even Your God, oh Zion, New Jerusalem, to all generations. Praise Yahweh!
147[1-6] Praise Yahweh! For it’s good to sing praises to our God; It’s pleasant and praise is beautiful. You build up Jerusalem, Yahweh, gathering together the outcasts of Your people, Israel. God heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. God tells the number of the stars, calling them all by Name. Great is our God, and of great power, whose understanding is endless. Yahweh lifts up those with humility, and casts down the sinful.
[7-12] Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving; sing praise on the harp to our God, who clothes the heavens with clouds, and prepares rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow on the mountains. God gives the wild animals their food, and the young ravens that cry. God doesn’t delight in the strength of the horse, or take pleasure in their legs. Yahweh, You take pleasure in those that respect You, in those that hope in Your mercy. Praise Yahweh, oh Jerusalem; Praise your God, oh Zion.
[13-20] For God has strengthened the bars of your gates; God has blessed your children within you. God makes peace all around you, and fills you with the finest of wheat. God sends forward the commandment on earth: Your Word acts very swiftly. You give snow like wool, scattering the frost like ashes. You scatter ice like bread crumbs: who can stand before the cold? You send out the word, and melt them, causing the wind to blow, and the waters to flow. You show Your Word to Jacob, Your words and judgments to Your people, Israel. You haven’t dealt this way with any other people, and as for Your judgments, others have never known them. Praise Yahweh!
148[1-6] Praise Yahweh! Praise Yahweh from the heavens: Praise God in the heights of heaven. Praise God, all you angels: Praise God, with all the heavenly hosts. Praise God, sun and moon: Praise God, all you stars of light. Praise God, heaven of heavens, and waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Name of Yahweh: for God spoke, and they were all created. God established them forever and ever, making a law which won’t ever pass away.
[7-14] Praise Yahweh from the earth, you dragons in the depths of the oceans: Fire and hail, snow and vapors, and the stormy wind, all fulfill God’s word. Mountains and hills, fruitful trees and cedars, wild animals and cattle, reptiles and birds, the rulers of the earth, and all people, the nobles and all the judges of the earth, both young and old people, and even little children: Let them all praise the Name of Yahweh: for God’s Name alone is excellent; Your glory is above the earth and heaven. You uphold the strength of Your people, the praise of all Your saintly people; even of the children of Israel, a people near to Your heart. Praise Yahweh!
149[1-4] Praise Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh a new song, with praises in the congregation of the saints of God. Let Israel celebrate in the One that made them: let the children of Zion be joyful in their Savior. Let them praise God’s Name in the dance: let them sing praises to God with the tambourine and harp. For Yahweh takes pleasure in the people of God, making those with humility known by God’s saving grace for them.
[5-9] Let the saints of God be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud on their beds. Let their mouths lift up the praises of God, and give them a double-edged blade to execute vengeance on the nations, and bring punishments on the peoples, to bind their rulers with chains, and their nobles with iron shackles; All the people of God have the honor of executing on them the written judgment. Praise Yahweh!
150[1-6] Praise Yahweh! Praise God in the House of God: We Praise You, God, in Your great heaven! We praise You for Your mighty acts: We praise You because of Your perfect power. We praise You with the sound of the trumpet: We praise You with the instruments and harp. We praise You with the tambourine and dance: We praise You with stringed instruments and organs. We praise You on the loud cymbals: We praise You on the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that has breath praise Yahweh. Praise Yahweh!